Cops: Parents smoked pot as unattended toddler went unresponsive

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

NANTICOKE — A father and mother were arraigned Wednesday for allegedly endangering three toddlers by smoking marijuana in their East Green Street house.

Police said an 18-month-old was transported to a hospital while another 18-month-old and a 3-year-old were taken into protective custody.

Here are more details from a criminal complaint:

Police and paramedics responded to the house in the 200 block of East Green at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when an 18-month-old was found unresponsive and limp.

Raheem Twyman, 21, and Kayla Bitzer, 25, told police they were in the basement smoking pot while their three children were on the first floor.

Twyman claimed the 3-year-old came to the basement saying the two 18-month-old toddlers were climbing on a table. When Twyman went upstairs from the basement, he picked up the unresponsive 18-month-old. Twyman yelled to Bitzer for help and asked another person in the house to call 911.

There was a strong odor of marijuana throughout the house. Twyman later turned over marijuana, two packages of blunt cigars and a device to grind marijuana.

Twyman and Bitzer each was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of children and a single count of possession of marijuana. They were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail each.

By Ed Lewis

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