Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kindergarten student in Missouri brings mother's drug pipe and crystal meth to show and tell


A kindergarten show-and-tell in Missouri took a lurid turn when a boy whipped out his mother's drug pipe and several baggies full of crystal meth.

The unidentified boy brought the ounce of drugs, worth roughly $3,700, to the Sweet Springs Elementary School on Sept. 6, according to local KCTV-5.

The students had been asked to bring "pictures of their family for show and tell," court documents said.

Shocked school officials called the police about 8:30 a.m., and officers executing a search warrant found a crack pipe at the boy's home. His mother, 32-year-old Michelle Marie Cheatham, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and one count of first-degree child endangerment.

The rocks brought in by the boy tested positive for methamphetamine.

Police Chief Richard Downing told KCTV-5 that the incident marked a first in his law enforcement career.

"When I called the prosecutor about it, they said, 'You're kidding me, aren't you?" Downing said.

After posting $7,500 bail, Cheatham was hospitalized with complications from a previous gastrointestinal surgery, a friend told KCTV-5.

The boy was being cared for by loved ones, the friend said.

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