Parents jailed after baby drinks meth-laced juice

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 16, 2011 5:18 PM

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A Montana couple were in jail on Thursday, charged with allowing their infant daughter to drink orange juice mixed with methamphetamine.

Police arrested Lee Haas, 29, and Angela Haas, 25, both of Great Falls, Montana, on Tuesday after a social worker told officers that testing of the 1-year-old girl showed high levels of the illegal drug, according to a police report.

Lee Haas told police that his wife earlier that week had given the infant the drink, a leftover from a party at the couple's house, and that they initially did not know it contained methamphetamine.

He said the baby "began acting strange and would not sleep," according to a sworn statement by Great Falls officer Noah Scott.

Authorities said the Haas couple did not take their daughter to the hospital even after they deduced from her behavior that she had ingested meth-laced juice and showed symptoms of drug withdrawal.

"Lee said that they didn't want to get in trouble," Scott said.

A conviction on criminal endangerment carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of $50,000.

(Editing by Dan Whitcomb)