After son found, father faces marijuana, child endangerment charges

VIENNA — A man who reported his son missing Sunday now faces marijuana possession and cultivation and endangering the welfare of a child charges, according to Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty.

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Ben Lehr is checked out by a Kennebec County sheriff's deputy and Pat Rawson of Mount Vernon Rescue after the boy was found on Sunday afternoon.

Jonathan Lehr, 41, reported his 3-year-old son missing Sunday afternoon. The son, Ben, was found after about a 4 1/2-hour search when a Maine Warden Service pilot spotted the tot in a field of golden rod about 700 yards from the home.

The boy was shirtless, dehydrated and disorientated when found but was treated and released by rescue workers on the scene, according to Liberty.

During the search deputies also discovered 147 marijuana plants and 1/4 pound of processed marijuana at the Lehrs' home, Liberty said in a news release.

The elder Lehr now faces charges of marijuana cultivation, criminal possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is investigating the complaint, Liberty said.

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ug...seriously

Don't be in denial...if you're smoking pot, you're not taking proper care of your children...period. Why was this 3yr old allowed in his backyard alone?? He's 3 and has special needs for God's sakes!! Wake up! I have two children under 6 and they are NEVER outside without me. Complete idiocy on this guy's part. Was he inside smoking? If you have a few puffs at night after the kids are in bed, fine. But just like alcohol, if you're using during the day when you should be taking care of your kids, you have failed as a parent.

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jeffyd, thats why my child has two parents

Yes, he may be out of our sight while playing in his room, but he is never outdoors unattended. Never.

Read the story, they charged the Dad with "child endangerment". Evidently the police thought the parent negligent as well. They had to have had a reason. And being a "decent sober parent" isnt a reason to charge him with child endangerment.

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Reply to sandra2

http://www.a1b2c3.com/drugs/gen008.htm

Sandra,
Please click on the link above. I think you might learn something. As far as nobody reading this...you did didn't you? Also you needn't be so rude, it's rather impolite y'know.

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Jeffyd, are you sure being stoned wasnt a factor?

I can promise you that my 5 year old is never out of sight. No good parent lets a 3 year old leave their sight, especially outdoors.

This kid in the story was only 3 years old. There is no excuse for him being able to run off without his parents even knowing it.

Unless, they were stoned. "Who cares what the kid does as long as we are high" or "I was so stoned that i forgot about my baby"

Are you trying to say that dope smoking parents are not impaired in any way in the raising of their children? And that their dope smoking couldn't possibly have anything to do with the child running off without being noticed?

Common sense will tell any sane person that a sober person makes better decisions, especially when it comes to drug use.

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im sure your child is never

im sure your child is never out of your sight. i have two small kids and you cannot watch them every second of every day. do you bring your child into the bathroom with you every time? what about showers? and im sure when you prepare meals you have your child right next to the stove with you right? there are times within your own home when you have to respond to other things. this man was at his home, his son simply walked in the woods in his own backyard. it happens all the time to decent sober parents too. the article says nothing about the sobriety of the paretn only that he had pot growing on his property.

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children walk out into the

children walk out into the woods all the time not every parent of those kids smoke pot. we live in a rural state sometimes kids just get lost and has nothing to do with what the parent grows in his garden.

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No self ownership = slavery

Alcohol and tobacco kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. Marijuana kills zero. These facts come from the Califano Report. Also people die from obesity related diseases every day, should we arrest them too?

When peaceful people do not own their own bodies, somebody else does. When somebody else owns your body, logically you are enslaved.

The United States has about 5% of the world's population yet it incarcerates nearly 25% of the world's prisoners. The U.S.A. leads the world in prisoners. Many of them are black and many of them are incarcerated for the "crime" of owning themselves. Still think this is a "free country"?

Might I suggest that a "real crime" involves a victim that was harmed or stolen from? When people are owning themselves and harming nobody that is a victimless crime.

People that advocate government initiating violence against peaceful people are sick.
That mindset leads to holocausts, genocide and slavery.

Who owns YOUR body?

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No self ownership = slavery

Alcohol and tobacco kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. Marijuana kills zero. These facts come from the Califano Report. Also people die from obesity related diseases every day, should we arrest them too?

When peaceful people do not own their own bodies, somebody else does. When somebody else owns your body, logically you are enslaved.

The United States has about 5% of the world's population yet it incarcerates nearly 25% of the world's prisoners. The U.S.A. leads the world in prisoners. Many of them are black and many of them are incarcerated for the "crime" of owning themselves. Still think this is a "free country"?

Might I suggest that a "real crime" involves a victim that was harmed or stolen from? When people are owning themselves and harming nobody that is a victimless crime.

People that advocate government initiating violence against peaceful people are sick.
That mindset leads to holocausts, genocide and slavery.

Who owns YOUR body?

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i find ignorance and

i find ignorance and intolerance far more detrimental to society then any drug use. Fat people put their lives more at risk then pot smokers.

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Hey man, he was just growing

Hey man, he was just growing enough dope to try and help out all of those sick souls with back problems, mental problems and drug problems. Its called medical marijuana man. The democrats revival tool. Tune in turn on and vote democrat man.

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Heres an easy solution to

Heres an easy solution to both problems, stop having kids ;)

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Yes Ksandra, some kids of non-druggies turn out bad

But the odds of a child being successful in life drop dramatically when the parents are disfunctional, whether it be alcoholism, abuse, crime or just simple drug use.

Ground this in your reality.

Children of druggies are way more likely to be disfunctional adults than children of non-druggies.

I did not say that children of non-druggies did not grow up to be disfunctional also, I simply said that the children of drug using parents are way more likely to be druggies and disfunctional than non-using parents.

I cannot believe that you would even consider that stoned parents are not disfunctional. Do you really think that stoned parents (as a whole) can raise children as well as sober parents?

OK, if we compared at ramdom, 100 stoned parents with 100 sober parents. What percentage of each group would raise children that are not disfunctional? Do you really (since you are "grounded in reality") think that the percentage of stoned parents will even come close?

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Actually yes I do. Smoking

Actually yes I do. Smoking pot is not a precursor of being dysfunctional and not smoking pot does not make you functional. Lots of breeders out there fall into both categories and none of them qualify as parents. Lots of very good solid parents out there smoke pot responsibly or drink responsibly. The key is to all good things let there be moderation. Some of the bible thumping holier than thou never touched a drink or a drug types are the worst of the worst of parents raising totally indulgent spoiled selfish brats who have no tolerance for anyone who doesn't think exactly as they have been brainwashed to believe is the one and only right and true way of being. There are many people who end up in prison from these fine upstanding families. It is far from as cut and dry simple as do they drink or use drugs to determine if someone is a breeder or an actual parent. I've personally known several wonderful parents who smoked pot after the kids went to bed at night and some really sorry breeders who never drank or smoked anything. If only life was as cut and dry simple as some seem to think it is.

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Pothead parents are good parents?

Guess what, some kids of alcoholic parents turn out good. Some kids of pedophile parents turn out good. Children of a types of disfunctional families are disadvantaged because of their drug using parents.

Just because you graduated from college with druggie parents doesnt mean all kids will do the same thing. If this is the truth then you should feel blessed, cause most children of druggies are not so lucky.

You cant tell me that parents with mind-altering drugs causing misjudgement can raise their children as well as sober parents.

Raising a child is hard enough with a sober mind, don't tell me that a person with a mind altered by dope can do just as well.

And one exception does not make a case for the dope smokers.

Sandra Coulombe's picture

*chuckles* Nice try but I

*chuckles* Nice try but I don't drink either. Though I'm sure you do. :)

Sandra Coulombe's picture

Some kids of non drug using

Some kids of non drug using parents end up in jail, commit suicide, etc. The causes of such things are not so cut and dry as to who does or does not use a drug. The hypocrisy of many of those who yell how evil pot is while they pop those sedatives, pain killers, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs all day every day, but hey they are different they are prescribed after all, never mind they alter your mind and perceptions just as much and in most case far more than smoking pot does. For the record, no I'm not a pot smoker. I am however grounded in reality.

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Child Endangerment

We don't know from the story just how stoned this guy was when his child ran off on his own, but I doubt very seriously that he grew dope but didnt smoke it. And since he had so much of it available he probably smoked quite a bit.

But I gaurantee you that the pot smokers on here will swear up and down that smoking pot doesn't affect one's ability to be a parent, and had nothing to do with the neglect that led to this little guy walking off on his own. They will deny that smoking pot can cause one to be disfunctional at all. Excuses don't change the reality of drug use.

A person who is high on dope all the time cannot possibly be a responsible parent.

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an autistic child can and do

an autistic child can and do walk away and get lost from even the most sober and professional parents.

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an autistic child can and do

an autistic child can and do walk away and get lost from even the most sober and professional parents.

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Your great upbringing...

If you had such a great upbringing, imagine what you could have had if they hadn't smoked pot...Maybe you would have learned how to SPELL!

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WAIT!

I already know the argument to the child losing his home.......ITS THE GOVERNMENTS FAULT!!!

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