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NY State Police: 3-year-old child in back seat of car handed trooper a bag of marijuana

Scott Hill and Megan Karl (NYSP)

NEW SCOTLAND, N.Y. -- Two adults face charges after a child reportedly handed a bag of marijuana to a state trooper.

On Thursday afternoon, troopers stopped a vehicle on Route 32 in New Scotland. An ashtray in the vehicle was found to contain the butts of several marijuana cigarettes.

State police say while one trooper interviewed the driver, another checked on a 3-year-old girl in the back seat, who was not in a proper child safety seat.

They said the little girl reached under the front seat and pulled out a zippered pouch, opening it and holding it up so the trooper could see inside. The pouch contained a bag of marijuana, as well as a metal grinder and a smoking pipe, both of which had marijuana in them. The child gave the pouch to the trooper, who secured it as evidence.

Following this exchange, both the driver, Scott Hill, 26, and the adult passenger, Megan Karl, 33, both of Clarksville, were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Hill was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Police said the little girl was turned over to relatives and Albany County CPS was notified of the arrests.

Hill and Karl were arraigned in the New Scotland Town Court. Hill was released to the supervision of Albany County Probation and Karl was released on her own recognizance. The pair are scheduled to return to court at a future date.

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