NY caregiver arrested for withholding child’s Ritalin pills
Caregivers are entrusted with a special duty to keep children under their supervision safe, but a New York man may have done the exact opposite and put a kid’s health at risk.
In a rather disturbing incident, Joshua J. Coons, 34, of Stillwater, a caregiver in a trusted position, betrayed that trust. He has been arrested amid allegations of holding back a child’s medication and using the prescribed Ritalin pills for his personal use.
According to the police officials, Coons has been charged with first-degree felony for jeopardizing the wellbeing of an inept or physically disabled person.
It’s possible Coons is nursing a drug habit. According to investigations by Sgt. Ray Cordani, Coons withdrew the prescribed drug from a child under 10 years for a period of time and took them himself.
Coon’s deplorable action of denying the child the much needed drugs for his own personal gains triggered the onset of symptoms and consequently, the kid had to be rushed for urgent medical intervention.
Fortunately, the child is safe and reportedly recovering.
Police contacted the Saratoga County Child Protective Services and Coons has been issued an order of protection barring any communication or contact with the child. He was prosecuted in the Stillwater Town Court and is being held in Saratoga County Jail on 10,000 cash bond.