A Texas man fatally stabbed his 16-month-old son in Lewisville Dallas. Police found “fresh burnt marijuana as well as a haze of smoke in the apartment” of 27 year old Blair Ness who is charged in the death of his toddler.

The incident suggests a marijuana-induced psychosis; a problem in about 10% of child abuse deaths says Parents Opposed to Pot (POP) who has been tracking this trend. POP found news reports of 113 child deaths directly linked to Marijuana use in 31 states since 2012.

In Vermont a father in psychosis jumped four stories with his 6-year-old son. Anxious and suicidal, Tyler Denning had been smoking marijuana and claimed God made him do it. Fortunately both survived.

Texas released its report on child abuse deaths with half the 172 child abuse deaths in 2017 coupled with substance abuse. Marijuana was the most used substance connected to child abuse and neglect deaths, followed by alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine.

In one terrible case last year, Cynthia Randolph left her 2 toddlers in the car while she smoked pot. Both children died. According to the report, of the deaths caused by parent or caregiver abusing substances, 56 used marijuana; 23 used alcohol; 16 cocaine; 14 were linked to methamphetamine, 2 involved opiates and 1 was connected to heroin.

Many abusers were co-abusing substances such as combining marijuana and cocaine. In 2017, Arizona also published a report showing that marijuana was the substance most often linked to child abuse deaths in 2016.

1) https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/20/texas-drugs-alcohol-child-abuse-deaths/
2) https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About_DFPS/Reports_and_Presentations/PEI/documents/2018/2018-03-01-Child_Fatality_Annual_Report-FY2017.pdf
3) https://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Vermont-Father-Accused-of-Jumping-From-4th-Floor-Window-While-Clutching-Child-433906923.html

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