In recent months, officials and marijuana activists alike have been calling for cannabis users to make sure their stash isn't accessible to children. Alysia Lombard and Mario Hollerway are accused of ignoring that advice and a lot more in relation to their three-year-old daughter, who tested positive for THC after vomiting at an area hospital. The story also includes cannabutter, expired red cards and a T-shirt of crack cocaine. Continue for photos, video, details and more.
See also: Marijuana Cultivation Leads to Child Abuse Charges: New Way to Target Home Grows?, published in July 2010
On November 13, according to arrest affidavits on view below, Hollerway took the toddler to Rose Medical Center, where she promptly threw up -- after which she tested positive for marijuana, prompting an investigation into her parents' activities.
In an interview with investigators, Lombard said she fed the girl a quesadilla, a bowl of cerel and some orange juice and started a movie for her before heading off for work at PT's Show Club. Because of the weather, the fifteen minute commute from her home on North Steele Street to PT's took twice as long as usual, and as she was arriving, she received a call from Hollerway. He said the child wasn't acting normally and seemed tired -- hence the trip to Rose.
Regarding marijuana, Lombard noted that she and Hollerway both had expired red cards, and because they were no longer valid, the grow at their residence was modest -- only four plants, a number legal under Colorado law. She also had some cannabutter, but she insisted that it wasn't accessible to the child, and added that she didn't smoke pot due to a history of asthma in her family.
Nonetheless, police found what is described in the report as a "plastic open top bin in plain view on the bed in Mario and Alysia's room" that contained just over 8.8 ounces of marijuana -- more than what is legal to possess for non-patients. In addition, Hollerway, speaking to investigators during a separate interview, revealed that he had a "T-shirt of dope" in the house -- specifically crack, which was hidden behind the TV.
Hollerway told the cops he'd gotten the crack by trading a laptop for it.
Oh yeah: The police report maintains that the house "was a hazardous mess for a small child, with numerous small items and trash within each reach on the floor." Moreover, the child's room "is cluttered and dirty, with plastic trash bags taking up much of the room and a clear plastic bag laying within reach of the child's bed."
That was more than enough for prosecutors at the Denver District Attorney's Office. They've now formally accused Hollerway of felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of six-to-twelve ounces of marijuana and misdemeanor child abuse. Lombard is also facing the last two beefs.
Hollerway, who's faced drug-related allegations in the past, is next due in court on December 26, while Lombard will appear at a date to be determined. Meanwhile, the child is said to be in the care of relatives and is apparently doing fine.
Continue to see booking photos of Hollerway and Lombard, a 7News report about the charges, and the aforementioned arrest affidavits.
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