Hungry Child Dies After Mistaking Dad's Meth for Cereal

An eight year old boy from Indiana was searching all over the house for something to eat, but nothing could be found. Then he noticed a plate in the kitchen full of brown-looking crystals. In his innocence, he thought it was breakfast cereal and began to eat the crystals.

Tragically, what he had stumbled upon was a plate of his father's crystal meth. Even as the young boy was dying his father refused to call for medical help.

Curtis Collman III, an eight year old boy who was visiting with his dad, woke up on June 21 looking for something to eat. He woke his father up asking for food, but Curtis Gilbert Collman II told him there was none. Then, the father rolled over and went back to sleep.

Mr. Collman had left some methamphetamine crystals on a plate in the kitchen. The clear, brownish crystals were small and crumbly, and the hungry young by thought it was cereal crumbs in the poor lighting.

He began eating the meth. According to toxicology results released this week, the child had consumed a whopping 18,000 nanograms-- 180 times the lethal limit.

At around 10 a.m., the 41-year-old father woke up to find his son looking ill. In a panic, he called a friend for help. He told the woman that he was worried about his son, who was 'not acting right', and asked her to come over and help him.

The woman arrived, took one look at Curtis, and urged Collman to call 911. The father refused to get help for the boy, however. The woman tried to call 911, but Collman grabbed the phone and held a gun on the woman, threatening to kill all three of them if she called.

The woman then left in a hurry, fearing for her own life.

The father later admitted to police that his son was most likely hallucinating. He was talking to his brother, who was not present at the time. He told police he was afraid to bring Curtis to the hospital because he didn't want to be arrested and to go back to jail.

Collman finally decided to drive the child home to his mother. The boy’s mother was living with her parents in Crothereville, and Collman arrived with an unresponsive Curtis at about 1 p.m. The mother wanted to call an ambulance, but Collman screamed and wouldn’t let her.

The grandfather saw the child's condition and called 911. Emergency responders gave the child urgent care until he arrived at Schneck Medical Center. The child had been unresponsive the whole time, however, and was pronounced dead on arrival.

Collman was arrested and was charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, intimidation with a firearm and possession of meth.

In 2006, Collman was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor. This required him to maintain his sex offender registration obligations, but he had not done so. He was also charged with failure to register as a sex offender.

If Collman is convicted on all charges, he could face 30 to 40 years in prison.

Hearts when out to little Curtis after the story first broke, and people on social media were outraged. Many wondered why the boy was left in his father's care in the first place, considering Collman was a sex offender.

Source: Yahoo
Photos: WDRB Screenshot

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