Florida man found guilty of doping children’s drugs with laxatives

ByDonald L. Leech

Sep 9, 2022

The mother was able to provide the deputies with the doctored drug as well as security footage showing Ripple removing items from the child’s room.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Flagler County man accused of tampering with a 14-year-old boy’s medication has been found guilty.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said Craig Alan Ripple, 54, placed laxative-type medication in medication capsules prescribed for the teenager.

Ripple was sentenced to 14 months in state prison followed by 36 months probation upon his release, according to the FCSO.

Ripple was re-booked at Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Center shortly after the verdict.

The FCSO began investigating a potential case of child abuse on August 7, 2019.

The reporting party alleged that Ripple tampered with his 14-year-old son’s medication, removed items belonging to the victim and his sister, and other odd behavior.

The mother was able to provide the FCSO with the doctored drug along with residence security footage showing Ripple removing items from a child’s bedroom.

Detectives say they met the mother and the two minors involved in the case on August 8, 2019.

The mother told deputies that when giving her son his nightly dose of medicine, it appeared the pill had been tampered with. After disassembling the tablet, she found several round pink tablets with a black “5” printed on them.

Deputies say she was able to identify those pink tablets as laxatives.

She also told detectives that her son refused to take the medicine because he claimed it tasted strange and made him sick.

Detectives met Ripple, and he allegedly admitted to tampering with the medicine and inserting pink antidiarrheal tablets into the miner’s medicine capsules.

Of the drugs given to detectives, 11 of the 28 capsules had been tampered with.

“This is a very bizarre case and it takes a sick, twisted individual to administer laxatives to a child without his mother’s knowledge,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “I hope the courts will treat it harshly and that it is a red flag that this behavior is dangerous and will not be tolerated. Thankfully the victim was not seriously injured.

A warrant was signed on April 24, 2020 for Ripple’s arrest. Detectives located him and took him into custody for child abuse and neglect.

The victim has since left the state and is no longer in contact with the suspect.

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