Synthetic Pot Blamed for Toddler's Death

Charges are possible in tragic Indiana case
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2016 7:55 AM CDT
Synthetic Pot Blamed for Toddler's Death
A package of K2 synthetic marijuana.   (AP Photo/Kelley McCall, File)

Synthetic marijuana was at least partly responsible for the tragic death of a toddler in Indiana last month, according to a coroner's report. The report states that the death of 20-month-old Kaylei Carter involved "streptococcal sepsis with contributing synthetic cannibinoids," which were found in her system, reports the Courier & Press. Investigators ordered a toxicology test after the girl was found dead at an Evansville home May 11. The following day, the girl's grieving aunt told 44News that Kaylei had apparently eaten the drug, known as Spice or "katy," while in her grandmother's care. No charges have been filed in the case so far, but an Evansville police spokesman says a file will be sent to the prosecutor's office next week. (One of the 8,000 Spice poisonings reported in the US last year involved a man who died after a single toke.)

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