Napa Child Apparently Ate Meth; Aunt, Cousin Arrested, Police Say

After a 3-year-old tested positive for amphetamine, his aunt and cousin were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and other charges, Napa police said. Arrest information does not indicate convictions.

Updated: Capt. Debbie Peecook said the 3-year-old was seen in the emergency room, not admitted to the hospital.

A 51-year-old Napa woman and her 25-year-old son have been arrested after a 3-year-old relative was taken to the emergency room, apparently having consumed methamphetamine, according to an arrest summary from the City of Napa Police Department:

On 12-4-2012 at about 1945hrs a three year old victim was taken to the Queen of the Valley Hospital after being picked up at his aunt’s home in the 2100 block of Lone Oak. 

The three year old victim was acting strangely and tested positive for amphetamine and displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Officers responded to the Lone Oak residents where they contacted Natalie Wood and her son Jason Wood.

Jason is on probation with search and seizure and also had two outstanding felony Napa County Bench Warrants.

A controlled substance (suspected methamphetamine) was located on Jason Wood’s person. The home was in unacceptable condition for the care of the three year old child. Both subjects were arrested and booked at NCDC.

Natalie and Jason Wood were booked on suspicion of child endangerment with Jason Wood facing additional charges of possession of methamphetamine and violation of probation, police said.

Capt. Debbie Peecook said the 3-year-old was seen in the emergency room, but not admitted to the hospital.

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Cathy Gumina Odom December 05, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Oh, how awul for the little kid. SO where is the mom and dad of this little guy? Were they working during the day, or are they on probation, in jail, or out of the picture? Just sounds like a bad situation. Hopefully they have some sober relatives to take care of him. Did a parent then pick him up from auntie's house and take him to the hospital? What happened to the kid after the hospital, into who's custody was he released? Is CPS also visiting his home residence? (And congrats Debbie on making Captain from Sgt.!)
King Jarvis IV December 05, 2012 at 07:55 PM
More exposure of Napa's dirty little secret. If minorities were the main users of meth, it would command a totally different outlook and approach. Definitely. HRM
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
51 and still using meth what a pillar of the community. Cathy Gumina Odom Mom is in Jail im sure Who knows where the dad is. Jarvis William Peay minorities may not be the main users of meth. But mexican crime organizations are 90% responsible for its import.
King Jarvis IV December 05, 2012 at 09:56 PM
MW. We would be interested to know your source for that information. Besides, I may be reaching, but most law enforcement folk in Napa are Caucasian, and they are embarrassed by their brethren who indulge in meth. Kind of like that strange, ( Ernest T. Bass ), relative that they would just as soon have deleted from their psyche. Even if Mexicans are bringing it in, no one FORCED these poor souls to partake of the poison that is crystal meth. HRM
s.w. December 05, 2012 at 09:58 PM
yea not to mention why would you leave your baby with someone whos using! ALL a bunch of losers. there should be a licence for baring children. lol. cps will be involved because the hospital staff is required to make that phone call when its somethin of this nature. hope the lil kids ok...cards sound like are already stacked against him. hope he can rise above as he grows.
Veronica December 05, 2012 at 10:15 PM
You just can't miss an opportunity to slam a culture even when the surnames aren't Latino, can you? Even if Mexican crime organizations were 90% responsible for supply, the American demand is what brings it here. Jarvis is right - meth use is one of Napa's dirty little secrets.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Folks (with Anglo surnames, even) have been making meth right here in town; no need to import it: http://napavalley.patch.com/articles/child-found-alone-in-home-with-meth-lab
Scott Yeager December 05, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Meth is a big problem in many rural communities. Drug use doesn't discriminate by race.
Scott Yeager December 05, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Meth use in Napa is not a "dirty little secret". Meth use across the country isn't a secret either. Where did you get the idea it was?
Ash Leigh December 05, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Louisa, wasn't a meth lab busted on Monticello Road during summer as well?
King Jarvis IV December 05, 2012 at 11:50 PM
SY, as US census records reflect, rural communities are predominately populated by Anglos. Besides anecdotal evidence, I am sure that Anglos consume more meth than any other race. Unless they have been repealed, the federal laws on the books dictated a great more amount of time incarcerated for crack cocaine versus powdered cocaine. Powdered coke, a few decades ago, was a chi chi drug glorified in movies. More convictions were rendered against Black folk using crack than Anglos using lines of powdered coke. Sad in both respects. HRM
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Louise, I don't recall that but I did take some vacation time in July. More coming soon!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 12:14 AM
(more vacation, I mean. Mom's coming for Christmas.)
Scott Yeager December 06, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I am well aware of the different laws for crack versus powdered cocaine. I am not aware of any similar situation involving meth laws as cocaine laws. Are you saying meth isn't taken seriously or isn't as well known because it is consumed more by whites? Until recently my wife worked in public health for over a decade and I can tell you everyone involved is well aware of the impact of meth in communities across the country. In the late 90s before she moved out here she was a counselor at a non-profit and lived in a pretty large and diverse midwest city and received a call from someone in California about meth usage. She told the woman that there wasn't any meth use going on, she was dealing with all the usual drugs including crack. My wife was told it was coming her way and it would be a huge problem. Within a year it's usage exploded in the city. It can be made almost anywhere and is inexpensive. People were doing cocaine in the 60s. I know someone who was doing it then before anyone even knew what it was. Plenty of people are still doing it now, it's just that meth is such a bigger problem you don't hear about it like you used to. It has been overshadowed by meth.
King Jarvis IV December 06, 2012 at 01:49 AM
SY, good info. I didn't think about the fact that there may not be a great difference in meth laws versus cocaine laws. Let's be frank. Anglos use meth. Anglos own most of the media outlets. No one wants to see their own do bad, especially here in Napa. This King believes that in a decade or two, we will be provided with information about meth usage that is not forthcoming here and now. This King has been in Napa for over twenty years, and from the east coast to Utah, the Central Valley to LA, I have never seen folks so deeply invested in denial as is in our fair city.None. HRM
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 06, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Veronica I call it the way it is. Mexican crime organizations are 90% responsible for its import. This is from the FBI Whites,Blacks & even asians are responsible for some type of crime. By the way I am Mixed race, So do not play the Poor Latino race card woth me.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 06, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I agree with Jarvis there is a big market for the stuff.
Cathy Gumina Odom December 06, 2012 at 08:34 AM
Thanks all for adding into the discussion! I miss that about the Register. Articles were OK, but the conversations were great! It's always nice to see people's opinions, thoughts and ideas, especially when you all are neighbors in the same town. Jarvis: I don't know the ethnic makeup of specific drugs. I don't think too many stories of meth from Latinos in Napa from my friends in NSIB. Heard the story of the guy with marijuana in 55 gallon drums, and the one who left money on the counter in St. Helena for drugs instead of food drop off. Meth is usually used by people who are working in occupations where they need to be up for 14-20 hours, like a driver, fisherman on a boat (like with crab pots), cell tower workers. Maybe someone at harvest, who needs to pull in long hours, that type of thing. Not good for people who are not working, because, well, then they're up for 24 hours, not working, and wreaking havoc like painting their kitchen at 3AM (I had a neighbor who used meth and my Dad's family were fishermen; they did use NODOZ on long truck hauls to deliver fish to Eureka). King: we can call the PD, Sheriff's Office, NSIB, CHP, and see what their stats are for minority and women. It's obviously better than it was in the 70's. Women are now Sergeants at Napa PD and Captains in Fire. Looks like Debbie Peacook just got promoted to Captain, which I believe is the first female? Napa did hire several Latinos and Latina(s) officers before I left my job in 2007.
Cathy Gumina Odom December 06, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Esioul | Louise: I'm searching information about that meth bust. I googled it, and found a possible cocaine bust in July, but can't get it to open on the Register's site unfortunately. I did find another meth lab bust in April with an eight year old child at home alone (same as Editor Louise pulled up) on Hilltop drive. On Zillow app on iPad, I found there's just one house at 3000 Hilltop drive block (end of cul de sac). Per Trulia app, it's 3 beds, 2 baths, on 5.1 acres and built in 1951. Valued $800k-2 million? Tax assessment is only $380k. Not sure if this was a rental? Was this the house that had the big giant star on it at Christmas time? Then on Lone Oak, the 2100 block leads off into a dead end. There's a house on the corner for $395k, and a 1.5 acre lot with a house for 995k. Interesting to see more info on the area and see what house has what owner listed living there.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 06, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Methamphetamine is rampant in every part of our society. There are doctors, lawyers, police officers, school teachers, day care employees, that use methamphetamine on a regular basis. It may be as few as 1 out of every 200 of those people, but this drug has absolutely no discrimination towards race or class. This drug is especially popular with professional women and housewives since it provides unbounded energy and curbs hunger. Six hours of energetic housework in a happy mood while skipping lunch is the devil's attraction. It also affects the brain in numerous negative ways, such as loss of caution when it comes to children being in the house. Methamphetamine is a "dirty little secret", your next-door neighbor or best friend could be hiding their use. My source of information? Working in a drug rehabilitation program for over 3 years.
Ash Leigh December 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I found it. I guess it wasn't called a meth lab, but the article states they were booked for manufacturing a controlled substance. http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/four-people-arrested-during-search-warrant-on-monticello-road/article_78aca16c-d7b2-11e1-9b16-0019bb2963f4.html
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 06, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Long-term meth use leaves the brain looking the same, and acting the same as an Alzheimer's patient.
Jennifer Wesley December 10, 2012 at 08:39 AM
I would LOVE for you to cite your sources, Mr. "Kid". I'm on vacation this week from work. Take your time to find some good, reliable ones. I've got a week.
Jennifer Wesley December 10, 2012 at 08:44 AM
Again, show your work, Michael Wilson. Give us some links to support your claims.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Where _are_ these meth denyers you mention? Speaking from inside the Anglo-dominated media (where my boss is 100 percent Latino from an immigrant family) I will tell you that nobody here has an investment in _hiding_ news that gets us a ton of readers and comments when we _publish_ it. You'll recall that Patch was the only local media outlet to report this story as it happened, with a reporter riding along for stakeouts and a major warrant sweep of suspected petty dealers: http://napavalley.patch.com/articles/cops-launch-massive-drug-sweep-arrests In fact, I routinely get complaints that I am running too much crime news. Meth has been on my mind for most of my career as a reporter - when the former police chief in Napa was retiring years ago, I recorded a series of interviews with him in which he predicted it would become a much more serious problem, and recently he shared that it's now even worse than he had projected. He's not in denial, Patch is not in denial, the current police are not in denial.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 03:10 PM
What "import"? This stuff doesn't come from Mexican meth plantations. You can cook it up anywhere.
Jennifer K. December 11, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Esiuol Louise ~ That's my parents home and No, it was NOT a meth lab!! That's what the police were suspecting but not what they got. My step father is the scientific type and had some chimicals.
Ash Leigh December 11, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Jennifer K - the link for the article is below. Two people and a homeless guy were found at the residence under the influence as well. Your parents party like that?
Jennifer K. December 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
That's the article - No it wasn't a Meth Lab like I said in the above statement. Yes my parents house was raided and yes the police found a small amount of drugs which was brought into my parents home. My stepfather is being wrongfully accused plus there was a problem with the warrent. So the police are in the hot seat too over this one.


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