Cantonment Man Charged With Felony Child Neglect After Child Takes Marijuana Gummy, ECSO Says

April 7, 2021

A Cantonment man was charged with felony child neglect after child apparently took a marijuana gummy he left on a kitchen counter, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Hunter Ray Boswell, 22, told deputies he believed the gummy left on the kitchen counter was out of reach of the child. After he noticed it was missing, Boswell became concerned when the child started acting erratically and screaming, according to arrest report.

He started driving the child to the hospital, but pulled over at Nine Mile Road and Pine Cone Drive and called 911. The child was transported by Escambia County EMS to the hospital.

The Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident.

The age of the child and the relationship to Boswell were redacted from the arrest report.

He was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $2,500 bond.


26 Responses to “Cantonment Man Charged With Felony Child Neglect After Child Takes Marijuana Gummy, ECSO Says”

  1. David on April 9th, 2021 9:43 pm

    We need to change our neglect laws if this is a felony.

  2. Bill on April 8th, 2021 4:44 pm

    This was a bad mistake but I respect that he owned up to it and didn’t try to cover it up at the kid’s expense.

  3. Another dad on April 8th, 2021 8:44 am

    @ A concerned citizen…

    that is why he uses gummies…. no lung damage

  4. Willis on April 8th, 2021 5:20 am

    Definitely Father of the year material from most of the comments.

  5. Your Royal Highness on April 8th, 2021 3:41 am

    Ronda Moore, after doing my best to make sense out of that gibberish you posted, I’m thinking you don’t need any of those gummies.

  6. Nod on April 8th, 2021 12:57 am

    @n.a. tis too.

  7. Ronda Moore on April 7th, 2021 10:02 pm

    The definite smell of police punish for kid trying to save life. Kid better off not to tell over a pot gummy. Where do people get those gummies anyways. Police should tell us that?

  8. NPC on April 7th, 2021 6:56 pm

    Maybe instead of leaving it where the child could access it he should have sold it to the infant and done the same thing two weeks later and his parental and human kindness would have been applauded by some.

  9. n.a. on April 7th, 2021 6:53 pm

    @elmer, shut up. marijuana is not a gateway drug.

  10. Nanaof3 on April 7th, 2021 6:31 pm

    Kids are quick & you can’t watch every move they make! This poor guy shouldn’t be charged. he was honest when he did try to get help. No I don’t know him either

  11. Bill on April 7th, 2021 6:08 pm

    I’m 100% pro-legalization but drugs should look like drugs. Cannabis should not be sold infused in candy and sweets just like alcohol shouldn’t be sold in a can that says “lemonade”. Adult products shouldn’t be disguised as something that’s appropriate for children.

  12. TW on April 7th, 2021 6:07 pm

    Mistakes happen to everyone of us and this could have easily been your child. Kids are fast and sneaky but they are also very resilient. It only takes a mom long enough to go pee for a child to get into something, actually less than that amount of time. And now a days most people smoke weed, legally or not, it is not that serious. He obviously took responsibility of his mistake and did the right thing for the child no matter what the consequences were for him. And I guarantee he has learned from this and will be extra careful from now on. Just be careful judging people bc we are only human and none of us are perfect parents. I hope they drop the charge and don’t trash his name bc he is a great person and deserves a second chance. Don’t we all??

  13. A concerned citizen on April 7th, 2021 1:31 pm

    I believe that marijuana is still illegal in this state unless medical prescribed.

    To mnon – you may not die from an over doze of marijuana, but people have done some crazy things while high on it that has hurt themselves or others. And, yes, death can be caused from the use of marijuana. You’ll also find the medical reports that confirm smoking marijuana is worse on your lungs than tobacco.

  14. Rita Jenne-Ryan on April 7th, 2021 12:49 pm

    Many yrs ago I was doing a small home project & left a cup of petroleum distillate on the kitchen counter. I turned away for mere seconds when my 3 yr old reached up and started to drink. I screamed, my husband grabbed him up & went to hospital. He was kept overnight as a precaution he hadnt ingested any liquid into his lungs. He was fine, but it gave me such a fright. It happened so fast.

  15. A Nana on April 7th, 2021 11:29 am

    I do believe this young man has learned a very valuable lesson….for which I am grateful!!!

  16. Trisha on April 7th, 2021 10:31 am

    Yes, this young man should be commended for doing the right thing. So many people would just turn away and ignore what was going on because their first thoughts were for themselves.

    CW you are absolutely correct. We all make mistakes and are very fortunate if things work out.

  17. Susan on April 7th, 2021 10:29 am

    He did the right thing and took action. This is surely a lesson he will never forget. Not sure his photo needs to be in the paper. No, I do not know him.

  18. n/a on April 7th, 2021 10:20 am

    He’s still the best dad this kid could ask for. parenting is hard. if one mistake defines your whole life, we’d all be screwed.

  19. mnon on April 7th, 2021 9:18 am

    Facts are NO ONE has ever died from marijuana and it is physically impossible to overdose on it. The amount you must consume to over dose last I looked at the data was a dump truck load consumed within 15 minutes. Just about every drug, alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs will kill you. Had this kid finished a 5th of Vodka I’d be ore concerned than a gummie which comes usually as 10mg doses. That being said, the young man should have kept ANY unused medication out of reach of children. A lot of medicines look like candy to kids. If you disagree go do your research and quit listening to propaganda.

  20. elmer on April 7th, 2021 9:17 am

    That child will be hooked for life the gateway drug according to Sgt Joe Friday next thing you know is they will send the tax man he will loose his job. He will get hooked on oxycodone, then they will shut his lights off take his car and he will buy a sawed of shot gun

  21. Henry Coe on April 7th, 2021 8:56 am

    This smells of “Over Policing”.

  22. Mike on April 7th, 2021 8:53 am

    This is not a criminal act. Hopefully they drop the charges.

  23. zach on April 7th, 2021 8:46 am

    It IS his right to have those gummies in his house, although he was careless in how he managed them. But he did do the right thing calling 911. He did indeed make a mistake, I only hope he learned his lesson and that the judge lets him off easy.

  24. CW on April 7th, 2021 8:04 am

    What if you left a beer or a bushwhacker in the reach of a child? Would you go to jail? I hope this young man has learned a lesson. His actions are to be commended for his quick thinking while in route. He made a mistake. We all do.

  25. Katie on April 7th, 2021 7:51 am

    That’s sad, because a CHILD doesn’t know the difference they look just like the candy , Please keep those gummies put away, Lock them up like you would a pain meds, I would never get them I have grandkids , its a accident waiting to happen. I hope the child is ok.

  26. cm on April 7th, 2021 6:08 am

    Although, he was careless in leaving, or even having a marijuana gummy in the house with a child, I applaud his quick action to seek medical attention and recognize the need for an ambulance. I hope the child will be okay and I hope this young man has learned a lesson.

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