Girl tests positive for meth after sipping grandma’s tea

Grandmother from Aloha was staying with family in California

Cynthia Watson of Aloha was arrested in California while staying with her family after her granddaughter tested positive for meth (Riverside County Sheriff's Department)
Cynthia Watson of Aloha was arrested in California while staying with her family after her granddaughter tested positive for meth (Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

HEMET, Calif. (KOIN 6) — A 51-year-old grandmother from Aloha was arrested Monday in California after her granddaughter tested positive for meth.

Police responded to a child endangerment call around 10 a.m. on Monday after the 2-year-old’s mother reported the girl had not fallen asleep the previous evening.

The woman told police the girl was talking rapidly, scratching her skin, would not sit still and was very agitated. Thinking there might be some medical issue with her daughter, the woman took the girl to a local hospital to be examined.

According to police, an examination revealed the child tested positive for methamphetamine.

During the course of their investigation, deputies learned that the child’s grandmother, 51-year-old Cynthia Watson from Aloha, was staying with the family. Deputies discovered that Watson had made a cup of tea the night before and placed methamphetamine in the tea to get high.

At some point, the cup of methamphetamine-laced tea was left unattended on a counter when the 2-year-old girl took the cup and drank from it.

Police in Hemet said Watson was arrested for felony child endangerment and possession of methamphetamine. She was booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility with a bail of $35,000.

Nicole Pleasant, Watson’s neighbor back in Oregon, was shocked to hear the about the arrest.

“I couldn’t believe it. She’s a wonderful lady. She has all the kids around – she’s quiet, she’s sweet. She comes over and says hi every time we pass by,” said Pleasant.

The 2-year-old was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, authorities said.

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