8-year-old dies after mistaking dad’s drugs for cereal

Curtis Collman. Photo source: Jackson County (Ind.) Sheriffs Department

An 8-year-old Indiana boy has died after digesting an enormous amount of his father’s crystal meth he thought was cereal.

According to the police affidavit, the boy woke his father up early in the morning and told him he was hungry, but there was nothing to eat in the house. The father, according to KTRK-TV, shrugged off the boy’s request and returned to sleep, but was awakened a while later by his son, who was now “acting strange.”

Curtis Gilbert Collman Sr., 41, was arrested for enabling his son, Curtis Collman Jr., to reach his methamphetamine and ingest a large portion of it and then refusing to call 911 as the young boy was dying. Collman was also reportedly screaming and talking to people who were not in the home, witnesses told police, according to KTRK-TV.

Authorities said that for about four hours on a Thursday in late June, Collman knew that his needed medical attention at their home outside Seymour, Indiana, about an hour south of Indianapolis. Perhaps knowing that he was going to be in serious trouble with the law, Collman refused to call the police and would not let anyone else do so either, when a female friend tried to intercede and call for help, Collman pointed a gun at her, according to the affidavit.

Collman also prevented his parents from helping the pre-teen boy, who began having seizures and convulsions, according to ABC 6.

Authorities said someone at Collman’s mother’s house eventually dialed 911, and the boy was taken to a hospital, but by that time it was too late. The boy had consumed 180 times the lethal limit of meth and was officially pronounced dead at the hospital.

“An 8-year-old child more than likely suffered for many hours,” detective Tom Barker told the television station. “It upsets you.”

Collman Sr. was eventually arrested and charged with numerous felonies, including causing the death of his son, pointing a firearm, theft, intimidation, possession of methamphetamine and failure to register as a sex offender.

This isn’t the first time Collman has run afoul of the law. In his past, he’d been charged with trafficking and sexual misconduct with a minor, and he was previously arrested for leading police on a high-speed chase.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Now here’s the killer part: Collman had the audacity to try to have his bond reduced so he can spend time at home before his trial, perhaps because he knows that he will likely be put away for a long time.

Authorities said they are working to ensure that Collman is denied bond and stays in jail.

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

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