Boaz woman charged with drugging 5-year-old

Authorities said Margaret Elchin gave the boy a pill and dropped him off at school.

Posted: Mar 16, 2018 10:31 AM

A Boaz woman is charged with aggravated child abuse after Etowah County authorities said she gave a 5-year-old boy a pill that caused him to lapse in and out of consciousness and have slurred speech.

Margaret Ann Elchin, 41, was arrested Thursday afternoon and posted a $50,000 bond later that day, according to jail records.

Elchin is accused of giving the boy a pill and dropping him off at school. School faculty noticed something was wrong with the boy and called medical personnel, according to the Etowah County Sheriff's Office.

As a condition of her bond, Elchin is not allowed to have any unsupervised contact with the child, authorities said.

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