Arrest made after 4 teens overdose on synthetic marijuana at Miami park
Jordy Garcia, 20, charged with child abuse, contributing to delinquency of minor
MIAMI – A 20-year-old man is facing charges after several teenagers overdosed at a Miami park Thursday morning.
According to the arrest report, at least three of the victims claimed Jordy Garcia arrived at Sewell Park and supplied the teenagers, whose ages range between 14 and 16 years old, with a synthetic marijuana called Ambrosia.
They said Garcia was with another underage girl and boy.
Police said they were called to the park after reports of juveniles consuming drugs and screaming uncontrollably.
When paramedics arrived, they found two of the teens convulsing and hallucinating. They said the kids were running around the park, ducking in and out of trees and bushes. A 14-year-old girl who was with the group was unconscious and a fourth teen, who is also 14 years old, was seen trying to help his three friends.
Police said they later identified a fifth boy who told police he did not smoke the synthetic marijuana because he was scared, and left the scene before authorities arrived.
The four teens who ingested the drug were all taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The girl, who remained unconscious for much of the day, later told police that she had skipped school with her friends and decided to smoke the drug. She said she must have had a "bad reaction" to the Ambrosia and did not remember being taken to the hospital or why she was there.
Garcia is charged with child abuse involving great bodily harm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was released from jail on $8,500 bond.
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