An Indiana mother and her girlfriend are accused of using marijuana as both reward and punishment for a boy in their care.
Greenfield couple Susan Glascock (pictured, left) and Melissa Burton, both 36, face child neglect charges for allegedly giving a boy marijuana at least 50 times in the last three months, WIXN in Indianapolis reported. Glascock also faces a charge of battery. The women allegedly gave the boy weed as a reward for good behavior while denying him pot when he behaved badly.
An investigation into the family’s parenting practices began on June 25 when there was a disturbance at the home of Burton, the boy’s mother, and her girlfriend. Glascock was reportedly upset over how much money Burton and her son were obtaining by selling video games. So Glascock, who weighs 270 pounds, allegedly slapped and tackled the 100-pound boy, according to the Indy Star. He was pinned to the ground before his mother pulled her girlfriend off of him.
It’s not clear how old the boy is.
Prosecutors said Glascock told Department of Child Services that they gave the child marijuana only once, but Burton allegedly admitted to giving the boy weed several times.
Police interviewed the boy’s grandfather, who told them that he witnessed Glascock hitting the child in the past. He also expressed concern that the boy didn’t have his own bedroom.
He said the child was “in a terrible living condition and needed to be removed,” according to WIXN. It’s not clear who has custody of the boy now.
The boy allegedly admitted to police that his mom and girlfriend taught him how to roll marijuana cigarettes.
Both women were arrested on July 5 and bailed out on a $1,000 bond each. They could both face up to two-and-a-half years in prison on the child neglect charge alone. Glascock faces up to a year for the battery charge, if convicted.
[Photos: Hancock County Sheriff’s Department]