Crime

Jesse and Corinna Tamburo Cited After Child Eats Marijuana Edible

The citations against Jesse and Corinna Tamburo offer something to both sides of the marijuana debate.

The two were served and released on the misdemeanor charge of child abuse/neglect for allegedly allowing a two-year-child to eat a marijuana edible — the kind of story likely to be seized upon by anti-pot forces who have long warned about the dangers of THC-infused food items and children.

But even though the child was rushed to an area hospital, she "did not suffer any injury," according to the Colorado Springs Police Department — a fact that doesn't fit the typical narrative delivered by marijuana opponents.

Jesse, nineteen, and Corinna, 21 (she's referred to as "Corinna Vanarnan" by the CSPD but uses the Tamburo name online), have separate Facebook pages, and her photo gallery presents them as doting and responsible parents to a gorgeous child.


If so, the incident that brought them to the attention of the cops was an oversight.

A report time-stamped at 8:30 p.m. on March 9 notes that officers were dispatched to a medical facility "to investigate a report of a two-year-old child who had ingested marijuana."

Conversations with the child and several family members spelled out what took place earlier inside a residence on the 1700 block of Tesla Drive in the Springs.

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Three adults were watching a movie at home when they fell asleep, the CSPD notes.

Marijuana candies had been left out, the department's account goes on, and the child found and ate one while the grownups snoozed.

Once the Tamburos awoke and discovered what happened, they hurried the child to the hospital. And while she was okay, the incident that took them there resulted in the aforementioned citations.

No harm, no foul? Not exactly — especially if the incident becomes a point of contention between those who champion the responsible use of marijuana edibles and folks who see them as risky, particularly if children are nearby.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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