6-year-old eats meth; father jailed

These packets of methamphetamine were allegedly found in a car driven by Elijah Benbow of Seattle. He was arrested near Ashland. (Courtesy: Jackson County Sheriff's Office, April 23, 2013)
These packets of methamphetamine were allegedly found in a car driven by Elijah Benbow of Seattle. He was arrested near Ashland. (Courtesy: Jackson County Sheriff's Office, April 23, 2013)

ASHLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Seattle man faces numerous charges after allegedly letting his 6-year-old daughter eat methamphetamine Monday afternoon in southern Oregon.

Elijah Benbow, 28, of Seattle, faces multiple charges for allegedly letting his daughter eat meth. (Courtesy: Jackson County Sheriff's Office, April 23, 2013)

Elijah Benbow, 28, of Seattle, faces multiple charges for allegedly letting his daughter eat meth. (Courtesy: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, April 23, 2013)

Elijah Benbow, 28, was pulled over by a Jackson County deputy for speeding along Interstate 5 after he left a Burger King in Ashland. Benbow was fidgeting and shaking badly, the sheriff’s office said in a release, and the deputy believed he was under the influence of an intoxicant.

His 6-year-old daughter was in the car, and Benbow gave the deputy permission to talk with her. She told the deputy she ate something that looked like a rock and was “sort of gray.”

Authorities said Benbow was arrested at that point and a search of his car turned up 5.37 grams of meth. His daughter identified the meth in a baggy as what she ate, the sheriff’s office said. She was treated and released at an area hospital and was placed in foster care.

Benbow faces charges of first-degree child neglect, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, driving under the influence and reckless endangering. He may face additional charges and is being held at the Jackson County Jail.

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