California Parents ‘Hotboxed’ Car With Child Inside

January 4, 2018 Updated: January 4, 2018

A Californian couple was arrested and charged with child endangerment after they “hot boxed” their car with marijuana smoke while their baby daughter was still in the car.

Faustino Matias, 23, and Claudia Campos, 22, were approached by police officers in the parking lot of Natividad Creek Park in Salinas at 5:47 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, according to a police statement.

When Matias rolled down the window, a very heavy cloud of marijuana smoke billowed out from inside the car, police said.

Police noticed an infant in the backseat of the couple’s Honda and rushed to check on the welfare of the child. The paramedics had some initial difficulty waking up the 1-year-old girl and transported her to the hospital as a precaution. She was later placed under the care of Child Protective Services.

The parents were subsequently arrested and transported to Monterey County Jail. They were charged with child endangerment among other charges, according to the statement.

“Hotboxing” is a slang term for filling a car with thick marijuana smoke to maximize the drug’s first-hand and second-hand effects.

In a similar case in 2016, a Duncan couple in Oklahoma was arrested for “hotboxing” their car with two young children in the backseat. Police found Chance and Tabitha Derryberry smoking synthetic marijuana in the parking lot of a rural water plant on Old Highway 81 with two boys, 3 and 7, passed out in the back seat, reported ABC News.

The couple was arrested and charged with child endangerment, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, destruction of evidence among other charges.

 

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