C’mon moms, admit it: aren’t you sometimes tempted to slip illegal drugs into your kids’ school lunches? You know, just to help them relax a bit or, alternatively, give them a little boost of energy when they’re dragging in the midday? No? Then it must be Torina Gutierrez who’s crazy as all hot hell. The Texas mother of one is accused of sprinkling angel dust, also known as PCP, across the meat in her daughter’s sandwich. The heck?
As a result, the poor 6-year-old was walking around having hallucinations and talking to herself at school. When teachers confronted her to find out what in the world her malfunction was, she told them that her sandwich had “tasted like fireworks.” A little digging around for details about the homefront revealed that both she and her mother were positive for PCP.
This is one of those cases where Child Protective Services actually come off as heroes. They have since taken the little girl from her mother, which I’m sure is traumatizing for her. But it can’t be more traumatizing than a mother knowingly lacing her first grader’s food with illegal drugs, even if mama is on drugs herself. There are plenty of drug abusers raising children—much to our chagrin—who still don’t directly impose their habit on their kids. I mean, the kids may be suffering for any number of other reasons, but sabotaged food is a new one.
This just goes to show once again with big ol’ neon flashing letters: not everyone is equipped to be a parent. But the scary part is, they can usually pop out as many little ones as they want to. Biology and civil liberty make them unstoppable.
Fortunately, her daughter is OK and the effects of her little involuntary acid trip were short-term. With her child in a safe place, Gutierrez is facing up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. I’m not sure if that’ll hit her hard enough to make her kick her habit or turn her life around, but it’ll certainly give her plenty of time to think about the stupidest parenting mistake ever.
Do you think the children of known drug abusers—even functional ones—should automatically be removed from their homes, no questions asked?
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