Parent Charged Criminally for Teaching 2-Year-Old to Smoke Marijuana

An Ohio mother, Jessica Gamble, has been charged with child endangerment, evidence tampering and “corrupting another with drugs,” according to a grand jury indictment, after prosecutors found that she e-mailed to friends a video of the child puffing on a joint.  The 21 year old mother could face up to 11 years in prison if convicted on all charges.  The 2 year old has been placed in the care of relatives and is in safe care.  Attempts to contact a lawyer for Gamble were unsuccessful.  Prosecutors released the grainy mobile phone video after Gamble’s indictment this week where the child appears to take a puff from a thickly rolled marijuana cigarette.  When the little girl brings the joint back to her mother, the woman asks, “What is that? What is that?” Taking the pot from the child, she then laughs and says, “Bad.”  Read More

Under NY Penal Law 260.20(2), “endangering” applies to a parent or guardian where that parent or guardian charged with the care or custody of a child less than 18 years old fails or refuses to exercise reasonable diligence to prevent the child from becoming abused, neglected, or in need of supervision, as those terms are defined in the Family Court Act.  For example, parents have been prosecuted for failure to provide adequate medical care, as well as for failure to provide sufficient food and shelter, for providing alcoholic beverages, and for leaving children alone at home or in motor vehicle.

The attorneys at Leeds, Morelli & Brown, P.C. are experienced in all areas of domestic relations to ensure that the best interest of a child is obtained.  Our firm has represented families in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island. For any questions, contact an attorney at the Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-888-556-2529.