An Auburn boy is recovering after ingesting methamphetamine. His mother and grandmother face felony charges in the incident.
King County prosecutors claim the 18-month-old boy was sickened after swallowing meth while being watched by his grandmother, Bridgett Jackson. The boy’s mother, Almesha Dedrick, has also been charged with criminal mistreatment.
Investigators claim the women waited for hours to take the poisoned child to a hospital. When they did, the women are alleged to have lied to police and attempted to blame someone else.
“The defendants allowed the victim to suffer through hours of pain and suffering after ingesting methamphetamine in order to protect themselves,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson said in charging papers.
Gregson said Jackson and Dedrick’s failure to act “undoubtedly caused further injury to his body and most certainly prolonged his suffering.”
The boy was taken to an Auburn hospital after falling ill on March 11. Staff at Multicare Auburn Medical Center determined the inconsolable, agitated boy had been poisoned by meth and rushed him to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.
Police responded to the hospital and spoke with Dedrick, 21, and Jackson, 47. Writing the court, an Auburn detective described the women’s initial statements to police and service providers as “varying and contradictory.”
According to charging papers, Jackson initially blamed a friend for the poisoning. That woman told police Jackson had asked her to take the blame for the poisoning, the detective said, and provided investigators with a text message from Jackson asking her to do so.
Doctors who examined the boy found his muscles were at risk “rapid destruction” due to low levels of calcium in his blood. His heart and kidneys were at risk of failure, which would have killed him.
Police arrested Dedrick and Jackson on March 19. According to charging papers, Jackson admitted that the boy ate meth he found in her friend’s purse.
Jackson told police the boy initially appeared fine but his heart soon began beating rapidly, according to charging papers. She is alleged to have told police she tried to make the boy vomit the drugs.
“Bridgette also admitted that she did not initially call 9111 or take (the boy) to the hospital because she was afraid that by finding meth in his system CPS would take him away,” the detective said in charging papers.
Jackson is alleged to have claimed the meth belonged to her friend, a claim that woman denied. According to charging papers, Jackson asked her friend to tell police the boy ingested “a bag with a white substance.”
The detective claimed Dedrick also failed to get medical care for her son after learning he’d been poisoned.
“Almesha stated that (the boy) was ‘screaming, crying, thrashing, and inconsolable,’” the detective said in charging papers. “Even with the knowledge of (his) meth ingestion and the symptoms that he was exhibiting Almesha denied him medical care for several hours.”
Writing the court, Gregson said Dedrick was arrested last year after a slow-speed crash while her then-5-month-old son was riding in the backseat of her car. The prosecutor said a pistol was tucked behind the boy’s car seat.
Dedrick and Jackson have been charged with first-degree criminal mistreatment. Both remain jailed on $200,000 at King County Jail in Seattle.