- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

DENVER (AP) - A Denver couple has been charged with child abuse after authorities say their 3-year-old daughter tested positive for marijuana use.

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Mario Hollerway, 33, and Alysia Lombard, 26, with misdemeanor child abuse and having more pot than allowed under Colorado law.

According to authorities, the two took their daughter to the hospital when she became sick after eating Nov. 13, and she tested positive for THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient.

Police say a plastic bin with over 8 ounces of pot was found in the home - about 6 ounces more than allowed. Lombard told police there also was some cannabis butter in the house. But she said she didn’t use it in her daughter’s food, according to authorities.

Neither Hollerway nor Lombard has appeared in court yet, and neither has an attorney listed in court records. The girl is staying with relatives, according to police reports.



Lombard told police she had left for work when Hollerway called to say the girl was acting strangely.

Lombard told detectives she did not know how her daughter could test positive for marijuana because she doesn’t smoke around the girl and prefers eating pot-infused foods.

The mother told police the only edible pot she had in her home was the marijuana-laced butter in the refrigerator, “unless there was something under the couch,” according to the police report.

The couple acknowledged growing weed and said they had let their medical marijuana licenses expire, authorities said.

Officers wrote in the report that they also found crack cocaine behind a television in the home, which Hollerway told police belonged to him. Police noted various other hazards in the house, such as trash strewn about the home and plastic bags near the child’s bed.

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