Teens suspected of drugging parents

Last updated 11:48 04/01/2013

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Two California teenagers were arrested after they allegedly gave one of the girl’s parents milkshakes spiked with prescription sleeping pills so she could use the internet past her curfew, police said.

The parents became suspicious when they woke up groggy the next morning, police Lieutenant Lon Milka said.

They obtained a drug kit from police so they could test themselves for tampering.

The tests came back positive, and the couple went back to police with the results.

Their 15-year-old daughter and her 16-year-old friend were taken to Juvenile Hall on Saturday and booked on suspicion of conspiracy and willfully mingling a pharmaceutical with food, Milka said.

Child therapist Leslie Whitten Baughman said that while it was normal for adolescents to act out while asserting their individuality, drugging their parents ‘‘would not be a healthy level of rebellion’’.

Milka said the younger girl told investigators that she thought her parents’ internet policy was too strict. Internet access at the family’s home was shut off every night at 10pm, he said.

‘‘The girls wanted to use the internet, and they’d go to whatever means they had to,’’ he said.

Authorities are not identifying the teens because they are minors. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to file charges.

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