Seattle man accused of letting 6-year-old daughter eat meth


ASHLAND, Ore. - Police said a Seattle man was arrested in Oregon after a deputy discovered that the man’s 6-year-old daughter had eaten methamphetamine.

 Around 5:30 p.m.  Monday, police received several anonymous reports about a man acting strangely in the Burger King parking lot in Ashland, Ore.

 A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy was sent to the area to perform a welfare check.

 Police said before the deputy arrived, the driver left the parking lot and began to drive northbound on Interstate 5 in a silver 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser with Washington plates.

 The deputy said he found the vehicle and made a traffic stop for speeding.

 According to the deputy, the driver, 28-year-old Seattle man Elijah Benbow, was shaking badly, fidgeting and could not stop moving.

 Benbow’s 6-year-old daughter was in the back seat.

 The deputy believed Benbow was under the influence and asked him to get out of his car so they could talk more.

 Police said Benbow told the deputy his daughter had taken some money and hid it from him and that’s why he was acting strangely in the Burger King parking lot.  He denied using any drugs or alcohol, police said.

 The deputy asked to talk to Benbow’s daughter and was given permission. During the conversation, the daughter told the deputy she ate something from a small container that looked like a rock and was “sort of gray,” investigators said.

 After speaking with the daughter, Benbow was placed into handcuffs.

 After getting permission to search Benbow’s car, the deputy found 5.37 grams of methamphetamine inside, police said.

 The deputy said Benbow’s daughter identified the methamphetamine found in a baggy as the same substance she ate.

 Medics were called for the girl and she was taken to a hospital.

 Police said Benbow failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Jackson County Jail on charges of child neglect, possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and reckless endangering.  His bail was set at $38,000.

 Benbow’s daughter was put into foster care.