Salem woman charged with stealing boy's Ritalin
A 42-year-old Salem woman has been charged with stealing her boyfriend's son's medication and replacing the prescription pills with over-the-counter medication.
Cynthia Ann Dietrick is charged with possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of children and theft for taking her boyfriend's son's doses of Ritalin on two occasions in September and replacing the pills “with Ibuprofen or Amoxicillin,” according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by state police at Kiski.
Ritalin is a stimulant often prescribed to treat people diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
According to Trooper David Williams of the Kiski barracks, Dietrick's boyfriend telephoned state police in mid-September when his son, who is only described as under age 18, forgot to take his daily prescription before leaving for school. The father told police that on Sept. 15, he noticed pills were still in a cup that he regularly leaves for the child.
“As he took a closer look at the Ritalin pills, they just didn't look right,” Williams wrote in the affidavit.
When the father confronted his girlfriend about the pills, she admitted she had taken the Ritalin tablets and replaced them by “cutting new pills out of the over-the-counter medication so nobody would notice that she stole the Ritalin.”
During the conversation with police, the man changed his mind about reporting the theft and decided the couple would work it out through religious and drug counselling.
Nine days later, the boy again forgot to take his pills and telephoned his father to ask him to bring the dosage to school. When the man looked in the cup, he discovered the prescription pills were missing.
When he called police on Sept. 24, he told Williams that Dietrick never went to drug rehabilitation. Dietrick's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 25 before Washington Township District Judge Jason Buczak.
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