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Grandpa admits smoking pot, sending grandson to hospital

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Posted: Dec 20, 2013 9:50 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Dec 20, 2013 9:50 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - A man admitted to smoking pot in the house while his 4-year-old great-grandson was nearby.

"I had smoked a little marijuana, you understand, and then he came rushing in the room, so I ran him out and that was it," said John Matthews.

Matthews said he was watching cartoons with his grandson when he stepped into his bedroom to smoke marijuana. His grandson followed him in the room.

"He walked in and I got him out right quick," said Matthews. "He wasn't in the room no more than three to four seconds."

Matthews says a couple hours after the boy began to act "strange" and was taken to the hospital.

"He had some type of paralysis on the side of his face and on his body," said Baton Rouge Police spokesperson L'Jean McKneely. "When he got there, the doctors checked him out and found that he had a large amount of THC, which is consisted of marijuana or associated with marijuana, in his system."

The four-year-old, visiting from out of state is now home from the hospital. Police say the THC in his system may have contributed to his paralysis.

Matthews says there won't be drugs in the house again.

"I'm telling it like it is and I apologize for that," said Matthews. "It'll never happen again, it never has happened before."

Police say the incident is still under investigation.

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