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SD women accused of forcing 10-year-old to smoke marijuana

A Winner Police Department vehicle. Forum News Service file photo

WINNER — Two Winner women were charged with child abuse after allegedly forcing a 10-year-old to smoke marijuana.

On Feb. 4, a woman told police her 10-year-old son came home from someone else's home and said they "made him smoke marijuana." The mother bought a home-test kit and the child twice tested positive for marijuana.

The child told police he was hyper while visiting Elizabeth Mansheim, so she and another occupant of the house, Natalie Dykstra, gave him weed to calm down. The juvenile explained where the weed is kept in the house and said he smoked twice.

A urine test from the juvenile collected by the police tested positive for marijuana, opiates and meth.

When police searched the residence where the alleged incident happened, they didn't find the pipe or marijuana the juvenile described, but Mansheim and Dykstra said they were informed the police were coming with a search warrant.

An officer noticed fresh footprints in the snow and followed them, where he found a plastic bag that contained marijuana, a grinder and the pipe described by the child.

Mansheim was arrested and charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, ingestion of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, child abuse, accessory to a crime and distribution of marijuana.

Dykstra was charged with child abuse, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, ingestion of marijuana and accessory to a crime.

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