9-year-old pot snitch told police, "Doing drugs is bad"

Categories: Crime, Marijuana

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The parents gave their marijuana plants names like "Justice" and "Lily," a police report says.
The 9-year-old Barnesville girl who snitched on her parents for growing pot entered the police station on June 6 "visibly upset" and, though tears, told officers she took her story to authorities because "doing drugs is bad." (Read the backstory here.)

"She didn't want to be around marijuana smoke anymore because it made her sick," an incident report sent to us by the Barnesville Police Department says. "She also indicated that she was concerned... because [redacted] blow marijuana smoke into [her] dog's mouth."

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The girl's allegations prompted officers to begin searching the parents' garbage. Officers found a number of items consistent with a marijuana growing operation and obtained a search warrant, which they executed on June 24. (Child protective services knew of the girl's marijuana grow-op allegations as far back as February, the report says. It doesn't detail how they were informed.)

In a "hot and humid" basement area, officers found seven marijuana plants. The parents were arrested. In a post-Miranda interview, one of them -- their names are redacted from the report -- told officers the marijuana was intended to "help with chronic back pain."

Though the girl told officers "people have come to the house to buy [pot]," the parents denied that. Asked whether they had any further plans to grow marijuana, one of them replied, "Not in this state."

Read the heavily redacted report for yourself:

Barnesville marijuana incident report

Late last week, Barnesville Police Chief Dean Ernst told us charges still haven't been filed, though that should happen sooner rather than later. Since the search warrant was executed, the girl has been staying with her grandparents.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.





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19 comments
Evan Shanley
Evan Shanley

It's unfortunate you all have this platform to go about labeling a 9 year old girl as a "snitch" because her parents were breaking the law. Just pathetic really.

Evan Shanley
Evan Shanley

They tend to repost stories that support their agenda. Labeling a 9 year old girl as a "snitch" supports and pushed their agenda, and creates the "shock" element they're looking for to get clicks. It's a pathetic life they live.

Jessica Sullivan-Thomas
Jessica Sullivan-Thomas

Are you going to post this same story every 12 hours indefinitely, or is it a temporary thing? I just want to know so I can decide if I want to unfollow you to avoid the redundancy.

Joel O'Brien
Joel O'Brien

I'd be high all the time if I had to live with a 9 year old too.

Matt Nelson
Matt Nelson

Calling 9 year olds names? Fuck you.

Leah Olsson
Leah Olsson

You can say that Mary, and I agree with a small portion of that rhetoric, but that's not what this story is about. This is about a young child who was savvy enough to realize who to go to because she didn't want to live her life inhaling pot. That's all.

Mary Karius
Mary Karius

I'm not blaming a 9 yr old Leah, I'm complaining about a society that has criminalized something for stupid reasons and for corporate interests. Look it up.

Stone Blue
Stone Blue

What were we taught as children. Don't be a tattle tail, no one likes them. Mom should of swallowed 9 years ago

Leah Olsson
Leah Olsson

Mary that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. She's a nine year old girl who didn't want to inhale pot smoke every day. Her brain is still developing, but she is a hell of a lot more wise than you "f the establishment" rejects. And shame on City Pages for contributing to and continuing to allow her to be branded as a "snitch"

Chelsey DuBois
Chelsey DuBois

"9 year old pot snitch," seriously? You're making this little girl sound evil.

Pablo Charis
Pablo Charis

I admire her courage, but this is just fucked no matter how you look at it. Hey Barnseville PD kiss my rebel dick!

Tim Steck
Tim Steck

She'll regret it when she's older.

Karen1986
Karen1986

"9-year-old pot snitch told police, 'Doing drugs is bad' "

Why is this article making the child out to be a "snitch"? How about title of the article be " 9-year old CHILD tells police about illegal activities going on in her home" She did the right thing by letting the police know what was going on because obviously her parents were more concerned about their illegal pot business than in their own child’s feelings and well-being.

Mary Karius
Mary Karius

so now we've turned a child against her parents all because some ahole decided hemp is evil. WAKE UP!

Joe Winterer
Joe Winterer

I heard they were growing enough weed to have kept an entire household stoned for a month! Hope the kid likes extended trips to gramma's house.

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