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Former Nursing Student Guilty in Hallucinogen Sale.

NORFOLK, Neb. -- A man was found guilty of child abuse late last month for selling jimson weed to a 15-year-old boy who was hospitalized after eating the dangerous hallucinogenic.

Madison County District Judge Patrick Rogers found 21-year-old Robert Faber, a former nursing student at Northeast Community College, guilty more than a week after Faber's bench trial ended. Sentencing was set for July 20.

"The evidence is unrefuted that the defendant, prior to selling the jimson weed to the victim, was told not to sell the weed since it made people sick and he clearly knew of its hallucinogenic effects," Rogers wrote in his decision. "He sold the weed anyway."

The 15-year-old boy testified that he went with friends to buy one jimson weed pod and [he seeds from two others from Faber for $5.

The teen-ager, who was on probation, said he wanted a high that would not show up on a urine test. The teen and his two friends ate the seeds while watching a movie at the teen's house, and they all passed out.

The boy's mother testified that she came home from grocery shopping that snowy November day to find vomit all over her kitchen and her son wandering around incoherently.

Eventually, she and her ex-husband took their son to the hospital, where his mother said he stopped breathing at one point.

According to his parents' testimony, the 15-year-old spent four days in the intensive care unit, much of it with them beside him as he walked into wall s and hallucinated about little green men coming from the ceiling of his room.
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Publication:Community College Week
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Date:Jun 11, 2001
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