Parents charged for giving their children drugs

One child was allegedly given marijuana and another was exposed to meth

The Deschutes County Court House (Website photo, File, April 20, 2013)
The Deschutes County Court House (Website photo, File, April 20, 2013)

BEND, Ore. (KOIN) – Two people are accused of giving marijuana to a 4-year-old boy.

Katie Elizabeth Horn, Cassidy James Brookins and Tiffany Rachael Hippach all recently appeared in Deschutes County Circuit Court where they were arraigned on separate grand jury indictments.

Brookins and Hippach are both charged with applying a scheduled I/II controlled substance to body of minor, causing another person to ingest a controlled substance, delivery of marijuana to a person under 18, first-degree criminal mistreatment and recklessly endangering another person.

The investigation began in September 2015 when the boy was taken into the emergency room because he was “very non-responsive,” according to reports obtained by KOIN 6 News.

At the hospital, staff detected the child has tested positive for marijuana in his system.

Doctors asked the boy’s mother, Hippach, if he would have access to marijuana at home and she said that two weeks ago, she put pot into his yogurt because “she thought it would help him focus at school,” according to state reports.

Investigators also learned that the boy’s father, Brookins, “had intentionally caused (the boy) to ingest a dab of THC oil,” according to police reports.

Horn is charged with one count each of applying a scheduled I/II controlled substance to body of minor, recklessly endangering another person and causing another person to ingest a controlled substance.

According to court documents, Horn exposed a separate child to methamphetamine toward the end of September. She told investigators that she smoked the meth by putting it on a piece of foil and heating up the foil. She used a short straw to scoop the meth out of a small plastic baggie and placed it on the foil. Horn used her right index finger to plug the end of the straw as she scooped out the meth with the other end of the straw. After she smoked the meth, she made a bottle for the boy. Horn “probably” put her right index finger on the bottle’s nipple to plug the hole when she shook the bottle.

Detectives became aware of Horn while investigating the case involving Brookins, according to court documents.

Brookins and Horn were in a romantic relationship.

The child that is alleged to have ingested meth was nine-months old at the time.

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