BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A woman from Bangor was sentenced to prison on May 13 on three counts of child endangerment for poisoning her three-year-old daughter with methamphetamine in April of 2020.
Alisha Helene Crandall, 40, was given the max sentence of seven years and fourth months in state prison.
The Butte County Sheriff’s deputies and CAL FIRE medics responded to a call of a small child having ingested meth. A three-year-old in urgent medical distress was transported to Oroville Hospital.
Crandall had been smoking meth and emptied her meth "bong" water into a red plastic cup and left it accessible to her children.
Crandall’s daughter drank the cup accidentally and suffered methamphetamine poisoning immediately. She began having seizures and a high fever.
Instead of calling 911, Crandall and her boyfriend Joseph Scott Webb, 43, cracked raw eggs down the child’s throat to induce vomiting and threw her in a pond to cool the fever. After 15 minutes a neighbor became aware of the situation and called 911.
The three-year-old was taken to Oroville Hospital where doctors and nurses performed life-saving measures, she was then taken to UC Davis by helicopter. It wasn’t initially clear if Crandall’s daughter would survive her injuries, but was ultimately saved by the doctors and nurses who treated her.
Deputies found that Crandall and Webb were living in deplorable conditions with Crandall’s three children ages three, six and eight. The family was living amongst broken-down vehicles and incomplete trailers with no running water, electricity and insufficient food.
The children had not been to school and had not gone to the doctor or dentists for a substantial time, said Ramsey.
Webb was sentenced last year to six months in Butte County Jail and four years of felony probation for his part in this event. Webb cut off all contact with Crandall after this incident.
Crandall had also lost a newborn in Nevada several years ago who was born and tested positive for meth a died shortly after. She was not prosecuted for this incident.