Sacto 9-1-1
December 1, 2011
Father jailed after smoking marijuana while child in car

A Sacramento man is in jail accused of endangering the health of a child after he and a companion were found smoking marijuana in a car with the man's 2-year-old son.

Sacramento police officers on routine patrol spotted a suspicious vehicle in the 7600 block of Denise Street in the Meadowview area shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday. Officers contacted the two adults inside but didn't notice the child at first because marijuana smoke in the vehicle was so heavy, according to the police activity log.

JC Monroe, 24, was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail, on suspicion of child endangerment. Monroe's companion was not arrested because both adults had medicinal marijuana cards, said Officer Laura Peck, police department spokeswoman.

"The consumption of marijuana was done legally," Peck said. "The issue was that there was a child in the car."

Peck said the child's mother was called and took custody of the toddler.

Monroe also was arrested on warrants for driving with a suspended or revoked license and failure to appear. His bail was set at $82,000.

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