A second-grader's story led Vermont detectives to a home grow of more than 25 plants, which led to the felony arrest of the boyfriend of the child's mom. Pictured: Pot plants on display at a Washington state medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle in October 2013. (Ted S. Warren, Associated Press file)

Child’s tale about ‘special medicine’ plants leads to Vermont pot bust

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — Authorities say a second-grader’s story about helping a farmer grow “special medicine” plants led to a man’s arrest in a Vermont marijuana bust.

The Times-Argus reports that Windsor Detective Jennifer Frank said in an affidavit that the 8-year-old told school officials and police that he got to help his mother’s boyfriend grow “special medicine that can cure anything at all.”

Frank says the boy told her that people came to the Windsor house frequently.

Fifty-four-year-old Steven Mann pleaded not guilty last week in a White River Junction court to a felony count of cultivating more than 25 marijuana plants. A woman who answered a phone listing for a Steven Mann in Windsor County said it was the wrong number.

Police say they found two grow rooms next to the child’s bedroom.


Information from: The Times Argus