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Video: Glendale police shutter La Crescenta daycare home after child tests positive for marijuana

Police find rodent droppings after child exhibits symptoms of being under the influence of marijuana.

August 14, 2013|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com
  • La Crescenta woman Roubena Hartounian was arrested on suspicion of child neglect and endangerment, Glendale Police said.
La Crescenta woman Roubena Hartounian was arrested on… (Courtesy of Glendale…)

A La Crescenta daycare facility was shut down and its director arrested Wednesday after a 2-year-old girl being supervised there was hospitalized for being under the influence of marijuana, police said.

Roubena Hartounian, 50, was taken into custody on suspicion of child neglect and endangerment at her residential daycare, Bina's Family Child Care, which city officials closed after they discovered it had no power and there were rat droppings scattered inside, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

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“The conditions of the home warranted a criminal investigation,” he said.

Police reportedly turned away eight families who tried dropping off their children at Hartounian’s daycare, located in the 3200 block of Orange Avenue, he added.

The girl’s parents dropped her off at the daycare early on Tuesday and picked her up that evening only to discover she was lethargic, he said.

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Hours later, the child’s condition wasn’t improving so they took her to Verdugo Hills Hospital. 

At about midnight, police responded to the hospital, where doctors confirmed the child tested positive for THC, an active ingredient of marijuana, Lorenz said. The parents, of Montrose, told police they believed their daughter “consumed” marijuana at the daycare home, he added. 

The child later was transported to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for monitoring.

Wednesday, police went to Hartounian’s facility and waited until she arrived.

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