UPDATE (Dec. 6, 2018)– Susan Glascock pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent and domestic battery. She received a 545-day suspended sentence.
GREENFIELD, Ind. — A boy’s caretakers gave him marijuana as a reward for good behavior and took it away from him if he misbehaved, he told police.
According to court documents, the two women—Greenfield residents Susan Glascock and Melissa Burton, both 36 years old—face child neglect charges. Additionally, Glascock faces a battery charge.
The investigation started on June 25, when police were called to a home on Preston Drive in response to a disturbance. The boy had gotten into a fight with Glascock, court documents said, because she was upset over the amount of money he and his mother had gotten for selling video games at a store.
Burton–the boy’s mother–and Glascock were shouting at each other when the boy tried to defuse the situation. As a result, he said Glascock pushed him to the ground and lay on him. He managed to get away and punched her before running away, court documents said.
Police interviewed several other people as part of the investigation, including the boy’s grandfather, who told them he was concerned that his grandson wasn’t being treated well. He said Glascock has hit the boy before and that he was sometimes given drugs.
The grandfather also said the boy didn’t have his own bedroom when he stayed with his mother and told police the boy was “in a terrible living condition and needed to be removed.” He said his grandson only acts out when he stays with Burton and Glascock.
During an interview with police, the boy said the couple gave him marijuana and taught him how to roll marijuana cigarettes. He told investigators that the women would give him pot if he “did something good” or “ground him from marijuana” if he didn’t behave.
The boy said they’d given him pot at least 50 times in the last 90 days, according to court documents. The women admitted to giving the boy marijuana, police said.
The Hancock County Prosecutor said both women are no longer in jail and they each posted a $1,000 bond.