Police: Man put anti-hyperactivity pill in Easter egg

| Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

DAPHNE, Ala. — Police in Daphne say a 21-year-old man has been charged with disorderly conduct because a child ate an Adderall pill hidden in an Easter egg.

Authorities say Jarret Helm was arrested because a 6-year-old ate medication he said was accidentally hidden in a plastic egg. The egg was mixed among 1,500 others at a church's egg hunt on Sunday. Adderall is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and has side effects similar to amphetamines.

Police told AL.com that the child who ate the pill was not injured. Mary Mullen, a church spokeswoman, says the volunteer told organizers about the mix-up before the event, but the hunt went on because he thought he retrieved the egg that contained the medication.

Helm is being held in the Daphne jail, and it is unclear whether he has an attorney. Police said he may be facing up to a year in prison.

“He claimed it was an accident. Primarily the charge will stem from his actions after that. He didn't do enough to recover the egg that had the medication in it and get rid of it,” said Cpl. Jason Vannoy with the Daphne Police Department's Investigation Unit.

Vannoy said they've questioned Helm at length and believe that there was only one egg with medication. However, Christ the King church is asking that the eggs be returned as a precaution.

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