A 15-year old California girl and her 16-year-old friend have been arrested for drugging her parents. Why? They turned off internet access at 10 p.m. and would make no exception for the friend staying over. Now both girls could end up with criminal records for three hours of extra time online, what a deal!
The Rocklin Police allege the two girls offered to go get milkshakes from a nearby fast food restaurant, but before they got back, they spiked the shakes with a prescription sleeping medicine that the 16-year-old visitor provided.
Later the girls brought the shakes back to an unsuspecting mom and dad, who told police they passed out shortly after drinking some of the shakes. The shakes were not finished because they didn't taste right. They weren't out long (probably because they didn't drink the whole shake) and regained consciousness around 1 a.m. feeling groggy. When the feeling persisted the next day, they purchased an over-the-counter drug testing kit which tested positive.
The DA's office has not decided if they will try the juveniles as adults or not. If they are charged as adults, they could face jail time and the charges will go on permanent record. This lapse of judgment, one that most psychologists will argue is common because the adolescent brain has not completely developed to connect the actions and consequences, could cause permanent damage to the teenagers' future.
That should not take away from the seriousness of the crime. Luckily, the mom and dad only drank a quarter of the shakes, had they drunk the whole shake, an overdose could have occurred, harming or killing one or both of the adults. The police department does not have the lab reports back to show the exact drug and quantities ingested with the milkshakes.
The girl made it clear that she did this so they could stay online longer. Were mom and dad too strict and did they make the right decision by going to the police?
Â©Christine M. Dantz 2013
Photo credit: David Richfield