Mother of local elementary student who came to school high on cocaine gets community control

UPDATE @ 4:32

A judge sentenced the mother of the 7-year-old who went to an Urbana elementary school high on cocaine to five years of community control on Tuesday afternoon in Champaign County Common Pleas Court.

Within the five years, she also must complete a five to seven month intensive treatment program at West Central Community Correctional Facility.

The child has no lasting health effects from exposure to the substance, according to the prosecution.


The mother of an Urbana elementary student who came to school high on cocaine back in April is set to be sentenced today in Champaign County Common Pleas Court.

Last month, she pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs and endangering children relating to the incident, according to court documents obtained by this news organization.

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Police began their investigation when they were called to North Elementary, one of the district’s kindergarten and first-grade schools, on April 16 because a 7-year-old child was acting very unusual in the late morning, according to police and school officials.

“The student was drowsy, groggy and they thought there might be a blood sugar question,” Urbana Superintendent Charles Thiel said at the time.

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The student was taken to Urbana Mercy Health Hospital, where it was determined the substance in the student’s system was cocaine, according to officials.

Police say it’s likely the student inhaled the drug prior to the start of the school day while staying at a home in Springfield.

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