Stafford Police charged a daycare owner with three counts of cruelty and injury to children after a group of families rushed their 1-year-olds to the doctor’s office on March 2 while noticing a list of troubling symptoms.
According to Stafford Police, the parents observed their toddlers were disorganized and sluggish, with bloodshot, glassy eyes. The symptoms were immediately recognized by medical staff: each child had been exposed to THC, resulting in a high. According to police, testing confirmed their suspicions.
A licensed home daycare provider in Stafford’s Windsor Forest subdivision linked all of the families and the three toddlers involved.
When a detective searched the facility, he discovered goldfish crackers sprinkled on the floor underneath the a cohort of high chairs, according to police. The children’s snack tested positive for THC after being collected and sent out for screening.
The Department of Children and Families was then alerted, and they became involved. According to police, the daycare center’s owner, 60-year-old Rebecca Swanner, was arrested and charged, and the daycare center voluntarily relinquished its license.
Swanner was released on a $2,000 unsecured bond on April 14 after self-surrendering.