Teens drug parents so they can use the Internet

Two California teenagers wanted to get around their late-night Internet curfew, so they slipped sleeping pills in their parents' milkshakes.

I know there's not much to do in small towns, but really, this is going a bit far. Two teenagers in a California suburb wanted to get around their late-night Internet curfew. How did they go about it? They drugged one of the girls' parents.

Mum and Dad weren't keen on their unnamed 15-year-old daughter in Rocklin, California, using the Web after 10pm. So the girl and her 16-year-old friend brought them home some milkshakes from a nearby fast food restaurant, to which they added ground-up sleeping pills, the Sacramento Bee reports. The parents were soon out for the count, leaving the girls to get online.

The parents woke at about one in the morning feeling like they had hangovers, which were still there when they woke again later. A $5 drug-testing kit from the local police station revealed they had indeed been slipped a mickey. The parents returned to the cop shop with their daughter in tow.

There's no word on how much medication the milkshakes were dosed with, but the parents stopped drinking them because they tasted strange, and they were still out all night. Lt Lon Milka of the Rocklin police department told the Guardian the pills were provided by the daughter's friend, from the neighbouring town of Roseville.

Both girls are charged with wilfully mingling a pharmaceutical into food, and conspiracy. If they were adults, they'd be looking at prison, according to Lt Milka.

"The girls wanted to use the Internet, and they'd go to whatever means they had to," Lt Milka said. He added the 15-year-old told police she thought her parents' Internet policy was "too strict".

He said he'd never seen a case like it.

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