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Florida man accused of child abuse after ‘putting laxatives into teenagers’ daily medications’

Florida man accused of child abuse after ‘putting laxatives into teenagers’ daily medications’

  • 54-year-old Craig Alan Ripple was charged on Friday with child abuse and neglect in Flagler County, Florida
  • He is accused of putting laxatives in the daily medication of a 14-year-old boy
  • The victim had refused to take his nighttime medication and told his mother it tasted strange and made him nauseous, local police said
  • When she took a closer look at the pills, it seemed to have been tampered with
  • When opening the capsule, she found round pink tablets with a black ‘5’ printed on them and later identified the tablets as laxatives, police said
  • Detectives said Ripple admitted they had put anti-diarrhea tablets in the pills
  • He would also have admitted taking the boy’s and sister’s belongings and dumping water on their beds ‘out of anger’
  • The teenage victim now lives outside the state and has no contact with Ripple, and the relationship between the victim and Ripple has not been disclosed

54-year-old Craig Alan Ripple was arrested on Friday in Flagler County, near Daytona, after months of investigations that began in August 2019

54-year-old Craig Alan Ripple was arrested on Friday in Flagler County, near Daytona, after months of investigations that began in August 2019

A Florida man has been charged with child abuse and neglect after being accused of putting laxatives in a teen’s daily medication.

Craig Alan Ripple, 54, was arrested on Friday in Flagler County, near Daytona, after months of investigations that began in August 2019.

The 14-year-old victim had refused to take his nighttime medication and told his mother that it tasted strange and made him sick, the local police said.

When she took a closer look at the pills, it seemed to have been tampered with. When opening the capsule, she found round pink tablets with a black ‘5’ printed on them, police said.

Later she identified the tablets as laxatives.

Investigators said Ripple admitted they put anti-diarrheal tablets in the teen’s pills.

They also said he confessed to taking the boy and his sister’s belongings and dumping water on their beds ‘out of anger’.

Ripple was booked with the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility and had a $ 7,500 bond.

Investigators said Ripple had admitted to putting anti-diarrheal tablets in the teen's pills, taking the boy's and sister's belongings, and also dumping water on their beds 'in anger'

Investigators said Ripple had admitted to putting anti-diarrhea tablets in the teen's pills, taking the boy's and sister's belongings, and also dumping water on their beds 'out of anger'

Investigators said Ripple had admitted to putting anti-diarrheal tablets in the teen’s pills, taking the boy’s and sister’s belongings, and also dumping water on their beds ‘in anger’

“This is a very bizarre case, and it takes a sick and twisted person to administer laxatives to a child without his or his mother’s knowledge,” said Sheriff Rick Staly.

He added, “I hope the courts treat him severely and that this is a wake-up call that this behavior is dangerous and will not be tolerated. Fortunately, the victim was not seriously injured. ‘

The teenage victim now lives outside the state and has no contact with Ripple. The relationship between the victim and Ripple has not been disclosed.

His mother gave the police her son’s medicine, and according to the police, 11 of the 28 pills had been tampered with.

She also handed over video footage allegedly showing Ripple removing items from a child’s bedroom.

Police finally received an order this Friday and arrested Ripple.

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