Father accused of giving youngster imitation marijuana was acquitted. Photo via Google images.
Scott Crawley, 42, who is awaiting several court hearings for several charges stemming from accusations of child abuse and domestic battery, has had his first charge of child neglect acquitted by a Florida Judge. Senior Judge O.H. Eaton Jr. granted Crawley an acquittal on Tuesday after he decided that the charge against Crawley, stemming from his giving his 7-year-old autistic daughter a synthetic pot to smoke, wasn’t significant enough to convict Crawley of child negligence or abuse. Crawley was accused of giving his 7-year-old autistic daughter a pipe and forcing her to smoke a substance called Diesel Potpourri, which is a synthetic marijuana labeled “not for human consumption”. Side effects of such synthetic forms of marijuana include headaches, paranoia, fear and even violence. The incident was reported after Crawley posted a video of the incident on Facebook.
Crawley remains in custody at the Brevard County jail while awaiting two more hearing from subsequent charges. One for domestic battery, when police were called to the home of his parents who have temporary custody of his autistic daughter. Crawley is accused of pushing his father but Crawley claims it was in self defense. He also awaits trial on another incident of child neglect after he tried fleeing with his daughter while visiting her after he was released on bond for the first incident.
According to Florida Today, prosecutors allege that Crawley tried to kidnap his daughter from her grandparents home. Authorities caught up with Crawley 15 hours later, at which time, his daughter was in severe physical distress. The girl had to be rushed to the hospital where she spent the next few days recovering, said the Assistant State Attorney, Julia Lynch.
Crawley said he’d give real marijuana to his daughter to alleviate her autistic symptoms if it were legal. He claimed that the posted video was an effort to bring medical marijuana benefits and awareness to his friends and family.
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