Day care shut down after 2-year-old tests positive for pot

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LA CRESCENTA, Calif. (KTLA) — A day care facility was shut down and its director arrested Wednesday after a 2-year-old girl being supervised there was hospitalized for being under the influence of marijuana, police said.


Roubena Hartounian, 50 (Glendale, Calif., Police Dept.)

Roubena Hartounian, 50, was taken into custody on suspicion of child neglect and endangerment at her residential day care, Bina’s Family Child Care, which city officials closed after they discovered it had no power and there were rat droppings scattered inside, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

The girl’s parents dropped her off at the day care early on Tuesday and picked her up that evening only to discover she was lethargic, he said. Hours later, the child’s condition wasn’t improving so they took her to Verdugo Hills Hospital.

At about midnight, police responded to the hospital, where doctors confirmed the child tested positive for THC, an active ingredient of marijuana, Lorenz said. The parents told police they believed their daughter “consumed” marijuana at the day care home.

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