A three-year-old’s snack routine was upended by THC-laced chips. Ka’miya Cantrell thought she was eating Frito Lay’s Cheetos but they were likely unauthorized knock-offs.
That night, Ka’miya began shaking intermittently. The shaking continued the next morning. That’s when her mother, Desiree Diliberti, took her to the hospital. At Elkhart General Hospital, Ka’miya went through several scans and tests before leaders there decided to transport the three-year-old to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
“But then in the morning time she had did the same thing, so I was like I don’t think It’s going to stop. So, I took her to the hospital – So, I took her to the hospital and they gave her some medicine to help stop it but she wasn’t waking up. So, they did a cat scan, they didn’t find nothing wrong, so they took her in a helicopter to memorial,” Diliberti said.
It wasn’t until doctors tested her urine that they noticed THC in her system. That’s when Diliberti decided to trace what her daughter had eaten on Thursday and realized her snack, a bag that looks like a regular bag of Cheetos, had 600 mg of THC in the chips. The counterfeit chips were made to look mainstream, and weren’t in child proof bags.
Diliberti says she does not believe the neighbor had bad intentions towards her daughter but Ka’miya will not be taking anything, from anyone, from now on.
The neighbor works for Faith Mission and always brings home snacks for three-year-old Ka’miya. “She’s an older lady and she always gives her snacks so I don’t feel like she intentionally knew that she was hurting her,” said Diliberti.
Faith Mission is relieved Ka’miya is ok and they’re looking into how this happened. “(O)ur policy is anything that is donated that is given out to the community, has to be in its original package. Now I understand that these Cheetos were in a package that looks like Cheetos, but weren’t,” said Resource and Development Director of Faith Mission Mike Perez.
In a statement, Frito Lay said, “Frito-Lay does not manufacture edible cannabis snack products and any packaging containing THC claims is not associated with our company or brands. We continue to pursue entities selling products which create consumer confusion by illegally infringing on our trademarks and packaging design.”
As of now, Ka’miya is home and recovering, as police and Faith Mission, investigate the incident.