Police say parents left children unattended to smoke marijuana in basement
NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) —
A Nanticoke mother and father were arraigned Wednesday for allegedly endangering three children by smoking marijuana while the kids were in their care.
Nanticoke City Police were called to a home on East Green Street on Tuesday after receiving a report of an unresponsive infant. Nanticoke EMS treated the child at the scene.
Court papers say when police spoke with the child's mother, 25-year-old Kayla Bitzer, she explained she was smoking marijuana in the basement with the child's father, 21-year-old Raheem Twyman. Her three minor children, two 18-month-old toddlers, and a 3-year-old, were on the first floor.
Court documents went on to say the 3-year-old told his parents the toddlers were climbing on a folding table. Twyman went upstairs and found his 18-month-old child limp and semi-responsive. He alerted Bitzer who attended to the infant. They called out to a third party on the second floor of the house to call 911.
Investigators said the interior of the first floor of the home and the basement had a strong odor of marijuana.
The infant was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment and the remaining children were taken into protective custody.
Twyman and Bitzer were arrested and arraigned on child endangerment and possession of marijuana.