A 21-year-old Payson mother is facing child endangerment and drug charges after police say she admitted to giving her 3-year-old daughter THC butter to "test the effects" it had on the toddler, according to a probable cause statement.
On Thursday, Ravyn Lydia Hargrave called police about men who were fighting at her home. When police arrived, they met with Hargrave in her upstairs bedroom, with her 3-year-old daughter.
That's where Payson Police Department officers noticed "multiple items of drug paraphernalia" in plain view. Officers got a warrant and "seized" the environment. They found marijuana butter in the home's refrigerator.
During their investigation, police said they found other worrying evidence:
Multiple items of drug paraphernalia were found throughout the residence as well. Various forms of drug paraphernalia (pipes, bongs, grinders, a scale) and alcohol were found in a room where a three-year-old female primarily stays in. The paraphernalia and alcohol were easily accessible to the toddler because it was on the floor and in areas she could reach and possibly ingest it. The toddler was also present inside the bedroom when Officers arrived. It should be noted that during the investigation, Officers observed there were floorboards missing in areas commonly trafficked by the three-year-old. There were also soiled knives and a sword easily accessible to the three-year-old as well. The sword was found on top of the three-year-old's toys.
Police say Hargrave admitted that some of the drug paraphernalia and the THC butter was hers and she made it herself. Police say Hargrave told them she would experiment with different levels of THC in the butter and test it on herself and her 3-year-old daughter. She said she last gave her daughter THC butter two weeks ago.
The Utah Division of Child and Family Services took the toddler "due to exigent circumstances." An underage teen in the home also admitted to using the THC butter.
Police say a urine test conducted at the Utah County Jail showed Hargrave tested positive for THC. Hargrave is facing the following charges:
- Two counts of child endangerment, both third-degree felonies
- Two counts of knowingly producing, dispensing, or manufacturing a controlled substance, class B misdemeanors
- Possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor
- Possession or use of a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor
- Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor