The Edmond Sun

November 25, 2013

Police: Grandmother smokes pot in front of 4-year-old

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond Police responded to a call from Cross Timbers Elementary School last Friday to check on a student thought to be exposed to marijuana.

“Our officer, who is trained to recognize the usage of controlled substances, interviewed the 4-year-old male student,” said Jenny Monroe, police spokesperson. “He recognized signs of being exposed to or taking a controlled substance. The 4-year-old’s clothes also smelled of marijuana.”

The boy had been dropped off for his afternoon class at 1 p.m., according to a police report. His fellow Pre-K classmates told their teacher that the boy’s eyes didn’t look normal. He was acting lethargic, so the teacher began the process of alerting school officials and police officers, according to the report.

Police were at the school when the boy’s grandmother, Sandra Martinez, 53, and great aunt, Peggy Pierman, 52, came to pick up the boy from school.

“Our officers were there to greet the two and bring them into a room for questioning,” Monroe said.

Both women were arrested after Martinez admitted to smoking marijuana in the presence of her grandson while he was getting ready for school, the report stated.

Martinez and Pearman were transported to the Edmond jail on complaints of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services was contacted about the matter and released the child to his mother, who was not involved in the incident. The 4-year-old had stayed the night with his grandmother the night before, Monroe said.

“Logan County investigators have been notified by the Edmond Police Department on the suspicion of child abuse due to the fact Martinez lives in Logan County,” Monroe said.