Young children taken to hospital for using Mojo
BATON ROUGE - Authorities said a group of kids between the ages of 7 and 12 were taken to the hospital recently after it is believed they used synhtetic marijuana.
Police say the parents of three children face charges for improper supervision of a minor after one of the minors was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday. Police say a 7, 9 and 12-year-old were involved.
Sidney Pecora has been running a jewelry and pawn shop along Plank Road for the last 30 years, but he says he was stunned by what he stumbled across behind his business when he closed up shop last night.
"I saw two 8-year-old little boys right here, one leaning on the other, and I thought they were playing a game of magic," said the store owner. "So, I stood there in my truck. It was running, and watched him and he wasn't moving."
Pecora said he immediately called 911 when he realized one of the kids was not moving. He said emergency responders believe a seizure was caused by synthetic marijuana.
"One of the EMTs looked under the stairs and they had a wrapper with cigar tobacco, so he said that they were on Mojo at 8 years old," said Pecora. "It's unbelievable."
Witnesses said the kids appeared to be under the influence of something. A situation that could have taken a turn for the worst without adult intervention.
"It's certainly readily available out on the street because its usually available right over the counter and sometimes at these different shops," said Dr. Beau Clark, EBR coroner. "It's uncertain sometimes even what's in the packaging and that's what makes it so dangerous."
The two younger kids went to the hospital as a precaution. There's no word on how the three got their hands on the drug.