Pubdate: Sat, 21 Jan 2006
Source: Statesman Journal (Salem, OR)
Copyright: 2006 Statesman Journal
Author: Dan de Carbonel
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Youth)


Officials took an 8-year-old girl and a 9-month-old boy into 
protective custody, and police arrested their parents on accusations 
that they used marijuana in the children's presence, Salem police said.

Officers acting on a referral from the state Department of Human 
Services checked on the home at 100 Lamberson St. NE on Thursday, 
said Lt. John Hoffmeister of the Salem Police Department.

Resident David Tomasini, 21, did not give police permission to enter 
the home, but his housemate, Karla Cokeley, 25, consented to a search 
when police contacted her at work, Hoffmeister said.

Cokeley told police that she and Tomasini had been using marijuana 
three to five times per day and that she had breast-fed her youngest 
child for the past eight months.

Each was charged with two counts of criminal mistreatment, two counts 
of endangering the welfare of a child and possession of less than an 
ounce of marijuana.

The home was declared a public nuisance and a health hazard, Hoffmeister said.
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