A San Benito man is in the slammer after he slapped his mother and gave his nine-month-old son an alcoholic homeopathic that knocked out the child for a half-day.
Around 12:50 p.m. Sunday, officers from the San Benito Police Department responded to a domestic dispute house call and found Yashaun Manual Roman hanging out on the front porch. Inside, officers spoke with Roman's mother, who had been assaulted by Roman.
According to Detective Rogelio Banda Jr. of the San Benito Police Department, the mother told officers that Roman had given his sick 9-month-old child prescription medicine and skullcap, a.k.a. mad-dog skullcap, a.k.a. madweed. Popular uses for the over-the-counter herbal extract include treatments for alcoholism, afterbirth removal following childbirth, colds, epilepsy and hysteria, states the Mountain Rose Herbs Web site.
"Settlers in the late 1700's [sic] promoted the herb's effectiveness as a cure for rabies, giving rise to one of its common names, mad dog weed," writes the site.
Whatever it's supposed to do, skullcap, which was not prescribed by the boy's doctor, put the child to sleep for 14 straight hours, Roman's mom told investigators. San Benito PD says that skullcap drops contain 44 to 54 percent organic grain alcohol per fluid ounce.
So when Roman's mother confronted her son about his parenting decision, these words flew out of Roman's mouth:
SO WHAT IF THE BABY DIES? HE'S MY CHILD.
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At the time of Roman's arrest, the father was out on pretrial for a firearms violation, Detective Banda tells Hair Balls. Roman is currently at the Cameron County Jail on $60,000 bond ($50,000 for endangering a child and $10,000 for assault family violence).
Banda adds that Roman's common-law wife, who was out on pretrial for the same federal charge, is also locked up.
"To my understanding," says Banda, "the child was removed from his grandmother's house by Child Protective Services on Tuesday."