Margaretta Township girl, 2, eats suspected ecstasy pill

(Updated 11:06 a.m. Thursday with mother's side of the story) A Margaretta Township toddler was in the hospital Wednesday after eating a suspected ecstasy pill she found in her family's home, Erie County Sheriff's deputies said.
Jessica Cuffman
Dec 22, 2011

(Updated 11:06 a.m. Thursday with mother's side of the story) A Margaretta Township toddler was in the hospital Wednesday after eating a suspected ecstasy pill she found in her family’s home, Erie County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Ayana Ramon-Quintero, 2, was taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center at about 12:40 p.m. after her mother, Randi Ramon, 26, called 911 from their home in Greenfield Village Mobile Home Park.

The girl remained in the hospital overnight, her mother said, and was expected to be discharged sometime Thursday. She's OK, Ramon said, and didn't seem to have any health problems related to the pill.

“The child’s fine,” Erie County Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. “Hopefully, there will be no ill effects.”

In the recorded 911 call, Ramon is heard sobbing as she tells the dispatcher how she just found her daughter eating the pill.

“My sister was over here last night and she had brought some drugs with her,” Ramon is heard saying. “I told her to put them up because I don’t condone that (expletive). I don’t do that stuff.”

She then tells the dispatcher her daughter is still conscious and breathing.

She adds: “I don’t do that (expletive) any more.”

Deputies met Ramon at the hospital, where she told them her 22-year-old sister had a bag of ecstasy pills with her when she visited Tuesday night, a deputy’s report said.

“Ramon advised she told (her sister) to get that stuff out of her house and she thought she did that,” the report said.

Wednesday afternoon, the sister called Ramon and asked if she’d seen the pills, the report said. Ramon told deputies she searched for the pills but couldn’t find them.

“A short time later she observed (Ayana) sitting on the couch chewing on something,” the report said.
Ramon pulled a pink pill from her daughter’s mouth and called 911.

“Mom called and said the daughter had accidentally ingested what she thought was ecstasy,” Sigsworth said. “Charges may come once we determine exactly what was in that pill and we have a chance to sit down and talk to the sister.”

The sister, who has not been charged, told the Register the pills did not belong to her and she does not do drugs.

It’s still unknown if the pill was ecstasy, but it may indeed have been some type of narcotic, deputies said.
Deputies took fragments of the pill, which Ramon had pulled from her daughter’s mouth, and sent them to the state crime lab to be identified.

Ramon called the Register on Thursday morning to say that she's a single mom who's doing everything in her power to be a good mother and provider for her two children.

"It makes it seem like I'm a horribe mother," she said. "But that's not the truth."

She said she and her sister hang out a lot because they have children of similar ages, and that she "can't control my sister's every move."

Ramon said she keeps her own medication bottles up on a high shelf out of reach of her children, and the only candy her children are able to have right now are Dumdum suckers.

"I'm a good mom and I don't do these things," she said, adding that as soon as she saw something in her daughter's mouth she called 911 and was up front and honest with authorities.

"It obviously wasn't a sucker," she said. "I was concerned more about getting my daughter (to the hospital) and making sure she's OK than anything else."

Ecstasy is a synthetic, psychoactive drug similar to methamphetamine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

It’s popular as a “club drug” as it effects mood, aggression, sexual activity, sleep and sensitivity to pain. It increases heart rate and blood pressure and, sometimes, it can cause death.

The drug would effect a child much as it would an adult, said Dr. Lolita McDavid, director of child advocacy and protection at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

“But the things like anxiety and depersonalization, a child isn’t going to be able to tell us that,” McDavid said.

In short, ecstasy is a dangerous, mind-altering drug.

“It’s going to rev you up,” McDavid said. “The problem is, when you want off of it, you can’t get off of it.”

Most concerning to McDavid, however, is the fact a child was somehow exposed to the drug.

“Ecstasy is a street drug,” McDavid said. “We’re not talking about the kid getting into grandma’s diabetes medication or the sibling’s Ritalin.

“This is a child who clearly is not supervised,” McDavid said. “It should not be anywhere in the reach of a child.”

Ramon said her children are well supervised and that she'd only run back quickly to put in a load of laundry.

"It's impossible to have your eyes on your child, when you're a single mother, 24/7," she said. "I'm doing the best I can with what I've got right now."

Deputies are still investigating the incident and children’s social workers are also getting involved, the deputy’s report said.

 

Comments

czechurself

McDavid, grandmas diabetes meds or brothers Ritalin should also not be within reach of a child.  I don't see how the type of drug illicits a judgement of lack of supervision more than grandmas meds would.  She was sitting on the couch and probably where sister had been when she pulled out her "candy" bag. 

I remember visiting a friends home and my son, also 2 at the time, ingested a moth ball he thought was a gum ball.  Thankfully it wasn't a pleasant taste and what I could tell he spit most of it out.  Nevertheless a very horrifying experience that required an emergency room visit and more yucky stuff (charcoal) to taste just to be safe.  

 Toddlers are precarious individuals and at just two feet above ground level could find moon dust in shag carpet.  Thankfully the little muchkin will be ok.

ReallyGood

Glad to hear the little girl is okay. Curious to see how this stoy unfolds though. I understand that any child that age can ingest anything they happen to come across. However...someone needs to be at blame for a child putting drugs in their mouth. So Czechurself, I have to disagree with you. A moth ball and medication is completely different from an ecstasy pill. Yes, meds need to be kept out of reach of children. That is common sense...but drugs have no business being anywhere a child is.

Former Resident

No excuses!  Her sister (who doesn't do drugs) brought the drugs to the house (who says the drugs do not belong to her).  Maybe the mother can't control what her sister is doing or what substances she has with her, however she CAN control her by not allowing her inside her house.  Let's not play the "blame game".  Obviously the mother knew there were drugs in the house that were brought there by her sister.  By allowing her sister in her home with drugs of that nature, the mother could get in just as much trouble as her sister for allowing her to have them in her house. I can't wait to hear what really happened.  To the mother.... If you allow your sister to visit your home with illegal drugs and you know about it.... you ARE a bad mother!!!  I hope they do a drug test on the mother to see if she's telling the truth about her not doing those drugs anymore...

TuffNutts2011

I really believe that junkies should be executed upon first conviction because of their negative effect on the rest of the would.  Child is lucky to be alive.  I would love to punch those people in the throat.

Pete

There's always something going on in the Trailerhood

Sum1sumwhere

I understand the situation I am happy the little girl is ok. But you have to also think about what the mother said "she doesn't do that any more" so who's to say that she's not trying to blame someone else to cover her butt when it could have been her stuff that her daughter got into.  Either way she says she got something and she thought it was a pill but she says she keeps all medications up and out of the reach of her children if that was the case her daughter wouldn't have had the pill and even then I think she is trying to cover herself but we all will know when the investigation is over

 
ca-nana

If she was trying to hide something she would not have told the operator what she had. What if this was your child, and you had dropped something and thought you had it all, or someone else dropped and you looked but never found anything until the child found it? Do you know the people in this case? I do, and ya just don't understand.

ca-nana

Wow, it's so easy to voice your opinion but you don't know they whole story. Its so easy to judge sides from a story that is printed, but to know these people is another thing. You have already judged Randi with your comment something always going on in "The Trailerhood", it doesn't matter where a person lives, its who you are inside that matters. Randi is a good mother and did the right thing by calling 911. You can't choose your family, you do your best to help them no matter what, and thats not turning your back on them. She expressed no drugs in the house so for something to be left/lost was not her fault. How many of us loose change in furniture? Does that make you guilty if a child gets ahold of that & chokes to death? Ayana is ok and back with Randi, so unless you know everything, give the girl a break & stop judging her. Last time I checked " NO ONE IS PERFECT"

Sum1sumwhere

No I dont know the people in this situation but still from reading the article the mother says "she doesn't do that stuff any more" and also "she doesnt do drugs" I'm not trying to talk down on anyone I know she has a lot going on but from reading I know there's a lot of people that say they don't do drugs or anything anymore but you also have to think some of the people say that but behind closed doors when they are by themselves where nobody will tell on them they are still doing drugs or whatever they say they don't do any more. So even tho it says she doesn't do that anymore there's still a possibility that behind closed doors she does but I don't know her so I can't say she does or doesn't 

Ashley M Mommy of 2

Randi is one of my best friends and I have known her since I was 11 years old. I know her whole family and her two children! I AM HERE TO TELL YOU ALL RIGHT NOW THAT RANDI IS ONE OF THE BEST DAMN MOTHERS I KNOW! Yes she used to do drugs before she ever had children..... I was one of them who did them with her and I'm sorry smoking pot when you are young and stupid is no reason for her to get so much back lash now ...... I'm sure everyone that has posted on here has tried drugs once in their lifes. Randi is a single mother just as I am and I talk to Randi everyday! She has grown up to become a wonderful person and great mother.... we all have changed and we grew up and there are more important things to us now such as our children. No one has said anything good about Randi but let it be known as a single mother of 2 kids she has still managed to put herself threw college and graduated not long ago and she is trying to better herself and her childrens life.... as  for saying she lives in a trailer park guess what you try rasien 2 children with a low income from going to school full time and buying daipers for two kids at once while getting no help or money from their father! She is doing the best she can and I myself think she is doing a damn good job. yes her child got into something that should have never been in the house and to her understanding after she told her to get it out she thought it was gone.... she looked and never found anything.... this is not something that should of happened but it did and they way Randi handled the sistuation I am proud of her and stand by her side!  so to anyone else who doesnt know whats going on dont judge her...... this newpaper tried to make her sound like a bad person when that is truly not the case!!

Kelly

Ashley M Mommy of 2  says

" I'm sure everyone that has posted on here has tried drugs once in their lifes"

 

That statement says so much about you and the company you keep.  I hate to break this to you but not everyone has tried drugs.

ca-nana

Kelly your remark is out of line, the company you keep? Thats my daughter and no she was not perfect but, you learn from you mistakes and is not the point. Shes a great mom and takes care of her kids minus the sperm donor daddy, so unless you've walked in her shoes you have no idea!! People change, and if you don't give them a chance, your missing out on some special people .. The point is she has changed and deserves a chance. Like I said before NO  IS PERFECT!

Kelly

Yes, the company she keeps. If Ashley M thinks EVERYONE has tried drugs, then she is clearly hanging around with the wrong people. My remark was in no way "out of line."  Special people? Sorry but I don't find druggies "special."

sanduskysteve

@ kelly - I agree with you completely - and I also take offense to someone telling me that everyone has done drugs.  Just because the 10 or 15 only friends of her's does them, doesn't mean everyone does.

Also, what happened to all of the stuff for kids to do in Sandusky?  The THUG kids destroyed it all.   Why should tax money be used to rebuild this stuff for the teens to destroy it again.

The first thing this new city manger needs to do is have a heart to heart with the police chief  and get cracking on the drugs in this town.  Rid the town of drugs and almost all of the other problems will go with it - and business will want to move back into downtown again - people will once again want to walk around and hang out after dark.  As it is the city is too dangerous for any of this to take place - and sorry but it isn't due to poverty - the root cause of the evil in Sandusky is DRUGS and teenaged THUGS.

Ashley M Mommy of 2

when you live in a small town with nothing to do as teen age kids ..... thats what happens........  Are you a mother? because if so one day your child will try them also and your kids will have sex and do the things thousands of people do everyday!! If you dont think it happens then maybe you should go back into your bubble and keep your nose in the air and out of everyone else's business... I'm on here to stick up for a person who is worth sticking up for and oneday something bad will happen to you or your child as a result of a mistake even if its not your fault and I hope you think of Randi!! She would give her life for her children no questions asked and did what she needed to do at that moment in time! She was honest about the whole situation and now she is getting belittled about this.... everyone says do your best and guess what we werent born with sliver spoons in our mouths and we struggle just as everyone else does and she is doing the best with what she has... she in not perfect but she is one of the best people I would want to be friends with because even if she didnt have anything eles to give me she would give the shirt off her back!! would you do the same? Life is not perfect it is full of sick and twisted people she is not one of them she never ment for her child to get hurt!!

Ashley M Mommy of 2

when you live in a small town with nothing to do as teen age kids ..... thats what happens........  Are you a mother? because if so one day your child will try them also and your kids will have sex and do the things thousands of people do everyday!! If you dont think it happens then maybe you should go back into your bubble and keep your nose in the air and out of everyone else's business... I'm on here to stick up for a person who is worth sticking up for and oneday something bad will happen to you or your child as a result of a mistake even if its not your fault and I hope you think of Randi!! She would give her life for her children no questions asked and did what she needed to do at that moment in time! She was honest about the whole situation and now she is getting belittled about this.... everyone says do your best and guess what we werent born with sliver spoons in our mouths and we struggle just as everyone else does and she is doing the best with what she has... she in not perfect but she is one of the best people I would want to be friends with because even if she didnt have anything eles to give me she would give the shirt off her back!! would you do the same? Life is not perfect it is full of sick and twisted people she is not one of them she never ment for her child to get hurt!!

Sum1sumwhere

I was just trying to see what people would have to say about this situation but I do know the family and I know for a fact what the mother is saying is wrong and is not the truth she is just trying to cover her butt and blame someone else so she doesn't get into trouble. Why not just admit it and tell the truth instead of trying to lie through everything and get someone else in trouble when it is your fault all if this happened. I know all of the facts and what is in the paper the mothers side of the story is a lie

babaville

These people are givin Trailer Park residents a Bad Name here....I mean gosh....I kno when my drug addict sister comes over i clean the house...I don't kno bout you all out there...How about growing some balls for your children so they don't end up in the Sindusky Register...Don't allow Drug addicts near your family...Drugs in this area are out of control...Prescription and otherwise....Police yourselves, police your families and then complain....REPORT DRUG ABUSERS thats the only way to stop the madness...or they WILL ruin your hard earned LIFE

youngfamily

 Ashley M, 

I sincerely feel sorry for you if you believe everyone has tried drugs. My husband and I have grown up in Margaretta township (a small town with "nothing" to do) and we have never tried drugs, not even pot. There is no excuse for drugs and it is very ignorant to say everyone now a day's tries them. Quit lying to yourself and feeding yourself lies to make you feel better about doing them.

When you are a parent or around other people's children, it's time to grow up and quit the drugs. It makes you very irresponsible and neglectful. Children deserve better than that. Period. If you (meaning the mother of this daughter) know your sister does drugs, she has no business being in your house. If you do drugs, you have no business having children. You are setting children up for failure.

And before you tell me that she's an amazing mother, and is no way neglectful… please tell me what happened to this little girl again. That's right… she swallowed a drug, something that could have killed her, due to the neglectfulness of her mother not protecting her from something that NEVER should have been in the house to begin with.

I hope CPS thoroughly investigates this and gets the mother help (whether it be drug rehab if she does in fact do drugs, or parenting classes, to make her the best mother she can be so this doesn't happen again) and keeps that baby safe.

 

 

woeISme924

 this is all i need to say I kno randi does or did drugs. i seen her smoke and take pills when she was prego with her son. so how can you say shes a good mother? who knos what she is doing behind close doors? what if she's just trying to play the blame game so she doesnt get into trouble? Im glad her daugther is ohaky, but maybe she should be drug tested.

 
DriaDria26

I must say that I am from right down the street of margaretta township in a little villiage known as Bay View and I can tell u that just b/c it is small and there is little to do there is no reason to do drugs. I was not courious until I moved 2 Sandusky. I listened 2 the 911 call and it was bs. She was not making a damn bit of sense and her story did not mix well. If you want to do drug then do them when ur children are not around. You obviously have a problem and need help to stop doing what you are doing. All I am seeing on here are comments about what you used to do but I have family and friends who know Ashley M and the mother of this story and can tell you that they have not changed.

For the mother of Ashley M, you may want to try and not sugar coat what you daughter was or IS doing and address the issues at hand. Why as your daughter doing what she was doing and you did not stop it? I am a single mother of two and I had my first daighter at 16 and I will b damned if she is not monitored 24/7 days a week. My mother worked 2 jobs and was single and was clueless of what we were doing. I do not fault her for that, I made the choices that I made on own.

But I can say that I worked up to the day that I gave birth, finished school and worked, graduated. I am in college and making something of my life. This kids that are having babies at a young age are not experienced in being a teenager and it is messing up their lives and their children.

Tip:

Mother's of babies having babies: either u monitor your children 24/7 and know what they are doing or expect to raise thier children on top of raising them cuz this is all u will get.

czechurself

No thug kids destroyed Skateworld, it was the only thing for kids to do in Sandusky in the 80's and its still the ony thing for kids to do today.  Typical answer steve

Ned Mandingo

Did anyone call homeland security so the border patrol could check this mom out?