Florida man is charged with child abuse after ‘putting laxatives in teen’s daily medication’

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Florida man is charged with child abuse after ‘putting laxatives in teen’s daily medication’

  • Craig Alan Ripple, 54, was charged with child abuse and neglect on Friday in Flagler County, Florida 
  • He is accused of slipping laxatives into a 14-year-old boy’s daily medication
  • The victim had refused to take his nightly medication, telling his mother that it tasted strange and made him feel sick, according to local police
  • When she took a closer look at the pills, it appeared tampered with
  • Upon opening the capsule, she found round pink tablets with a black ‘5’ printed on them and she later identified the tablets as laxatives, police said 
  • Detectives said Ripple admitted to putting anti-diarrheal tablets into the pills
  • He allegedly also admitted to taking the boy’s and his sister’s belongings and dumping water onto their beds ‘out of spite’
  • The teen victim now lives out of state and has no contact with Ripple, and the relation between the victim and Ripple was not disclosed

Craig Alan Ripple, 54, was arrested on Friday in Flagler County, near Daytona, after a months-long investigation that began in August 2019

A Florida man has been charged with child abuse and neglect after being accused of slipping laxatives into a teen’s daily medication.

Craig Alan Ripple, 54, was arrested on Friday in Flagler County, near Daytona, after a months-long investigation that began in August 2019. 

The 14-year-old victim had refused to take his nightly medication, telling his mother that it tasted strange and made him feel sick, according to local police. 

When she took a closer look at the pills, it appeared tampered with. Upon opening the capsule, she found round pink tablets with a black ‘5’ printed on them, police said. 

She later identified the tablets as laxatives. 

Detectives said Ripple admitted to putting anti-diarrheal tablets into the teen’s pills. 

They also said he confessed to taking the boy’s and his sister’s belongings and dumping water onto their beds ‘out of spite.’ 

Ripple was booked at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility and held on a $7,500 bond. 

Detectives said Ripple admitted to putting anti-diarrheal tablets into the teen's pills, as well as taking the boy's and his sister's belongings and also dumping water onto their beds 'out of spite'

Detectives said Ripple admitted to putting anti-diarrheal tablets into the teen’s pills, as well as taking the boy’s and his sister’s belongings and also dumping water onto their beds ‘out of spite’

‘This is a very bizarre case and it takes a sick and twisted individual to administer laxatives to a child without his or his mother’s knowledge,’ Sheriff Rick Staly said. 

He added: ‘I hope the courts deal harshly with him and that this is a wakeup call that this behavior is dangerous and will not be tolerated. Thankfully the victim was not significantly injured.’ 

The teen victim now lives out of state and has no contact with Ripple. The relation between the victim and Ripple was not disclosed. 

His mother provided police with her son’s medicine and officials said 11 of the 28 pills had been tampered with. 

She also handed over video footage allegedly showing Ripple removing items from a child’s bedroom.  

Police finally obtained a warrant this Friday and arrested Ripple.  

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