Francis Mendoza-Keel

July 10, 2019: Francis Mendoza-Keel of Prescott was booked on two counts of child abuse after his 1- and 2-year-old daughters tested positive for THC. Investigators believe the 2-year-old ate some of his THC gummies. She was admitted to the ICU at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

PRESCOTT, AZ (3TV/CBS5) – A 2-year-old Prescott girl and her baby sister are in the hospital after testing positive for THC. 

Ciara Mendoza-Keel noticed her child “staggering” Wednesday, according to Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. The toddler eventually collapsed.

Toxicology tests run at Yavapai Regional Medical Center West were positive for THC, the active chemical in cannabis.  

The child was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Mendoza-Keel drove there with her 1-year-old daughter.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety tested the 1-year-old for THC. Her results came back positive, as well.

The exact level of THC in each child was not immediately available.

According to YCSO, Mendoza-Keel stated that her husband, Francis, has a medical marijuana card allowing him access to concentrated wax and gummies.

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She also said he knew their older daughter had consumed an “unknown portion of the edibles,” according to a YCSO news release.

Investigators said Francis admitted to smoking two marijuana cigarettes before bed but admitted he was not sure if he secured the rest of his marijuana before going to sleep.

YCSO said Francis explained that one his marijuana sour Rainbow Belts gummies has a tranquilizing effect on him. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds.

Francis told investigators he believes his 2-year-old daughter, who weighs 30 pounds, ate four of the gummies.

Francis was taken into custody and booked on two counts of child abuse.

The 2-year-old is currently in the intensive care unit at PCH; her condition is improving, according to YCSO.

The younger sister was also admitted to PCH for observation and treatment for malnourishment.


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(7) comments


Cut it off.....poof, note kids!


Dreamers unite.


Him shld have known kid eat candy, as most mex prob never fed kid after buying all the dope and alcohol.


please find these kids a safe and loving home, they deserve better than this.

Bob Regan

If the children had gotten into one of the many more toxic and dangerous substances usually found around the house. would the parents be charged with abuse?............OR this another example of the h*rd-on Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk has about cannabis?


If the child had access to Dran-O or anything else toxic, while it isn't abuse, still could face endangerment charges. Parents number one priority is to protect their children. That includes keeping hazardous materials out of their reach. Accidents happen of course, neglectful access to dangerous items, not so much.


Certainly wouldn't want to hold the adults accountable for securing drugs (and often times, firearms) out of the reach of minors. Don't want to burden them with such a demanding responsibility.

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