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Parents give marijuana to 10-month-old daughter to treat her broken leg

By Tanya Clark 8:03 AM November 24, 2017
Tessa Rose Murray and Nerrell McCoy

A young girl was removed from the custody of her parents after being given marijuana to treat her broken leg instead of being taken to a doctor, according to police in Indiana.

Muncie police said that they have arrested 23-year-old Tessa Rose Murray and 20-year-old Nerrell McCoy after being accused of neglecting their 10-month-old daughter.

Both suspected were charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent.

McCoy is also facing a charge of possession of marijuana.

The parents were booked into the Delaware County jail and bail has been set at $10,000 each.

According to the police investigation, the 10-month-old girl broke her leg after an older sibling pulled her up as she fell from a bed.

Instead of seeking medical attention, the girl’s parents decided to give her marijuana as a painkiller.

A week after the incident, Murray and McCoy brought the girl to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Doctors called police after tests showed that the girl had marijuana in her system.

Police reviewed the mother’s cell phone and found text messages she sent to McCoy in which they discussed giving marijuana to the girl to treat her injury.

The parents admitted to investigators that they caused the girl unnecessary pain and suffering by not seeking medical attention immediately.