A terrified preteen desperately tried to keep her unconscious friends safe from assault after they were allegedly drugged during a sleepover by the host’s father, a court heard.
The 12-year-old boy sent a series of frantic text messages asking for ransom while Michael Meyden, 57, allegedly hung around the house in Lake Oswego, Oregon, to see if the tranquilizers had taken effect. Meyden has denied the allegations against him.
She was the only one of the four girls who refused most of the spiced milkshakes he insisted they drink, and then pretended to be asleep while Meyden repeatedly tried to get one of his drugged friends away from her, an affidavit states. probable cause.
“Mom, please pick me up and tell me I had a family emergency. I don’t feel safe,” she wrote as Meyden briefly returned upstairs.
‘I may not answer, but please come find me. Please. Please choose. Please. PLEASE!!’
The father of two is scheduled to appear in Clackamas County Court.
The girls, all 12 years old, were hospitalized and tested positive for benzodiazepines.
The three girls had joined Meyden’s daughter for a “spa night” sleepover at her home in August last year.
Meyden, the human resources director, was “very involved” in the event, taking them to get their nails done and picking up pizza for dinner, according to the affidavit.
Before going to bed, Meyden allegedly made them each two milkshakes and ‘insisted’ that they drink them.
‘Mister. “Meyden specifically gave each of the girls reusable straws of specific colors to distinguish her own drink from her,” the probable cause affidavit states.
‘Mister. Meyden insisted that the girls drink from their own cups.
One girl drank both shakes and another drank a glass, but the third said she didn’t like shakes and barely drank any, police say.
Authorities say one of the girls said the drinks appeared to have “little white bits” in them; on them and that Meyden’s own daughter appeared to have drunk a significant amount.
The girls then retired to the basement, where two slept in a bedroom and the others on a sofa bed.
The only non-drugged girl remained awake and watched Meyden allegedly enter the basement and pull the heavily drugged girl away from her.
When she disappeared upstairs, the girl pulled her unconscious friend to her side only to find Meyden returning and pulling her away again, the affidavit says.
“He put his finger under the awake girl’s nose, as if to see if she was fast asleep, then waved his hand in front of her face,” he told police.
When Meyden allegedly withdrew, she began calling and texting her parents and was eventually able to contact a family friend, who picked her up and took her home.
As word spread, the parents of the other two girls arrived to pick up their daughters at 3 a.m., but Meyden was allegedly reluctant to let them in and told them their daughters were asleep.
The parents took the girls to Randall Children’s Hospital, where they tested positive for benzodiazepines, tranquilizers most commonly used to calm anxiety or help sleep.
The girl who drank two milkshakes told police she started feeling dizzy, hot and clumsy shortly after finishing the second one.
He then “blacked out” and fell into a “deep, deep sleep” the likes of which he had never known before, the affidavit says.
Meyden has been charged with three felony counts of causing another person to ingest a controlled substance, three felony counts of applying a schedule IV controlled substance to the body of a minor, and three misdemeanor counts of delivering a schedule IV controlled substance to a minor. IV.
He turned himself in at the Clackamas County Jail on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing Wednesday before being released on $50,000 bail.
Court records show he and his wife divorced late last year and his current address is a trailer park in Vancouver.
‘Mister. Meyden is presumed innocent,” said his attorney Mark Cogan.
‘We have not seen the evidence. The indictment was handed down by a grand jury behind closed doors, where neither a judge nor a defense attorney was allowed.
“And we hope people reserve their judgment until all the facts are known.”