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A boy of 11 was paid $40 by his grandfather to take a morphine pill and then urinate in a cup so he could pass a drugs test, according to court documents.
Police were called to his school in Mesa, near Phoenix, Arizona, after he showed signs of a drug overdose and vomited several times before being rushed to hospital.
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The boy told officers his grandfather John Davis wanted to avoid testing positive for marijuana but continue to be prescribed morphine medication, court papers say.
Davis and the boy's mother Kiralee Arlene Ruck, 29, have both been arrested.
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Ruck has been charged with child abuse over claims she refused to take her son to hospital after finding out he'd taken the pill and forced him to go to school instead.
Investigators say the boy told them he'd been taking white pills for his grandfather and urinating in a cup for over a year, for which he was usually paid $20.
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He said he was given half a 30mg pink pill instead, thought to be a stronger dose of morphine than the 15mg white pills.
The boy started being sick at home but the court papers say: 'His grandmother asked the defendant to take the victim to the emergency room and she refused.'
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She sent him to bed and even though he was still sick the next morning, she 'forced him to go to school.
'She said she did not know...
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