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Police: Child Mistakes Meth for Candy, Hospitalized in Loma Linda

A 7-year-old girl has been hospitalized at LLUMC after eating methamphetamine she found at home, police said.

A young girl was recovering Tuesday at Loma Linda Children's Hospital after police say she ate meth, thinking it was candy, according to sheriff's reports.

The incident happened around midnight Friday, at a home in the town of Joshua Tree.  Authorities found out about the girl's condition after she was taken by ambulance to the High Desert Medical Center, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Sergeant J. Radeleff.

"The victim was having seizures, had a severe fever, an elevated heart rate and other symptoms," Radeleff said, adding that a urine test came back positive for methamphetamine/ amphetamine.

The girl was then air-lifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center Children's Hospital "for further emergency medical treatment" in critical condition, according to the sergeant.

Through their investigation, police found out that she had "mistakenly ingested the methamphetamine thinking it was candy," Radeleff said.

Once that was determined, social services placed the parents' other three children in "a safe environment," he added.

Michelle Beamer, 30, and Johnnie Koranda, 32, were arrested on felony child endangerment charges and booked into the San Bernardino County Jail, where they remained as of Tuesday night, according to jail records.

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LEESA May 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
all I have to say is JUDGE NOT FOR WHOM ARE YOU TO JUDGE ANY....LEAVE THE JUDGEMENT UP TO GOD......NO ONE NOT ONE OF US ON THIS EARTH IS PERFECT.........THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK......OR YE MIGHT BE JUDGED.............
leesa May 10, 2013 at 04:30 PM
all I have to say is JUDGE NOT FOR WHOM ARE YOU TO JUDGE ANY....LEAVE THE JUDGEMENT UP TO GOD......NO ONE NOT ONE OF US ON THIS EARTH IS PERFECT.........THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK......OR YE MIGHT BE JUDGED.............
ATC May 10, 2013 at 05:03 PM
LEESA/leesa, Why on earth would you defend drug-addicted parents who left their "stash" where a 7 year old could get into it, unless you yourself are also a druggie? And BTW, you do realize that this story is from 4 months ago, right? Ah, I see...you just got sober enought to read it, right?
Sarah B May 10, 2013 at 08:24 PM
@LEESA we aren't at all perfect and the reason we as concerned citizens judge, is cause we are taxpayers, and we are left with the mess to pay for these people to get cleaned up, left with the mess to pay for these people's kids to go to school, pay for their food , etc, etc. (cause they end up in the system, getting financial assistance, food stamps, etc)! that would definitely be a good reason to sit back BLOG AND JUDGE!!
beaumontdave May 10, 2013 at 09:06 PM
People judge all the time, by all kinds of measures, even you Leesa, you just don't acknowledge doing it. Body language, dress, attitude, we judge all sorts of things, and when people make horrible choices that hurt others, we remember, we distance ourselves from those who put us all at risk with their behavior. Do you really want to wait for what ever Supreme Being you believe in, to pass judgment and punish bad people. Charlie Manson and Ted Bundy did a lot of damage before men judged them and put them in prison. Judgment is how humans decide what is good and bad in this life, and being flawed, which we all are, doesn't preclude the right to make decisions about the behavior of others.

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