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Man Arrested After His Two Young Daughters Eat His Marijuana Edibles In An Ash Fork Hotel Room

071119 Mendoza-keel

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A man has been arrested in connection with his two daughters eating edible gummies containing marijuana in Ash Fork. Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies were called by staff at Yavapai Regional Medical Center West after a nearly three-year-old girl came to the hospital under suspicious circumstances after she staggered and collapsed in a hotel room. The girl was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital after preliminary tests came back positive for THC. The girl’s mother, Ciara Mendoza-Keel, and her 23-month old sister drove to PCH on their own. Keel stated her husband, Francis, has a medical marijuana card and when she confronted him after the incident, said he knew the girl ate some of the edibles. He believes she ate four marijuana Sour Rainbow Belts out of the five that were in a bag. The sours were 50 miligrams and he said one had a serious effect on him. He weighs about 200 pounds, while the girl weighs about 30 pounds. The 23-month-old girl was also tested and she was positive for THC as well. The exact levels of THC in either girl is not known. Francis was taken into custody and booked on two counts of child abuse for recklessly allowing the girls to consume the edibles. The nearly three-year-old girl remains in the hospital, but is improving. The younger girl is also in the hospital for observation.