Anderson Police Chief: Public not in danger after teen strychnine death

Sep 4, 2014 2:39 PM by Debbie Cobb

Anderson police are shedding more light this afternoon on the strychnine poisoning that left one teen dead and two other teens hospitalized.

The night of August 22 the three teens injested what they thought was cocaine. Instead,16-year old Jimmy Cramer of Cottonwood died after taking a lethal dose of the strychnine. A 16-year old and 13-year old were hospitalized.

Anderson Police Chief Michael Johnson says one of the young teens involved found the substance in his parents garage. He also said it was not one of the teens who injested the substance. Chief Anderson says the parents were using the strychnine for the intended purpose and it was not easily accessible to kids. The department is not pursuing charges against the parents.

Chief Anderson says, quote, "A lot of teens are involved in this incident." But, when I pressed him on this issue he would not give a specific number of kids or elaborate.

The chief did say none of the teens is in custody and no arrests have been made. The investigation is complete and the case is in the hands of the juvenile probation department, which will consult with the district attorney and determine the best course of action.

Important to note, the chief says he does not see a danger to anyone else based on this incident, "In other words, there isn't someone out there selling this deadly substance represented as cocaine."


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