A Virginia woman is accused of giving a 10-year-old boy the detox drug Suboxone and collecting his urine in an attempt to pass her own drug test.
The young boy, who was her boyfriend's son and reportedly lived with the couple, later got sick at school from the drug and was vomiting repeatedly when police officers arrived at the home to question Katie Hinkley, 29.
"It's lucky for everyone involved he didn't overdose. He could have died," Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jason Annis said this week, according to The Roanoke Times.
Hinkley had reportedly needed a urine sample to renew her prescription to Suboxone— a drug commonly used to help people detox from an opioid addiction—that showed only that drug - and not any illegal ones - were present in her system.
She allegedly had been using urine from her adult sister to pass the test, but decided this month to use urine from her boyfriend's son.
According to police, the boy said Hinkley gave him an orange pill that matched the description of Suboxone to take on the morning on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, but he later felt sick at school and the department of social services and police were alerted.
When officers later arrived at the boy's home, he was repeatedly throwing up and officers located several bottles of what appeared to be urine around the home, the paper reports.
Police seized the bottles, along with medication bottles, a cell phone, three smoking devices and a bag of green plant material, from the home, the search warrant said.
Hinkley was arrested and has been charged with two counts of distributing a Schedule III drug to a minor, which carries a possible sentence of 10 to 50 years in prison for each count if convicted.
She appeared in court as part of a bond hearing on Tuesday and said she had started taking the pills for a heroin addiction, according to The Roanoke Times.
The judge ruled to deny bond in the case.
Hinkley's relationship with her boyfriend has since ended after the allegations, according to the Associated Press.
[Photo: New River Valley Regional Jail]
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