Oroville 9-year-old finds marijuana in packaged Christmas toy
OROVILLE, Calif. - A 9-year-old was opening her presents Christmas morning when she got more than she asked for.
The Magic Mixer baking set was one of the many presents Aramis Jenkins got Christmas morning and when she unwrapped it she was ecstatic.
"I was so excited! This was my favorite gift cause I love cooking," said Aramis.
Naturally, she couldn't wait to get baking, until she saw the two extra pieces tucked inside.
"There were two things right here and then the marijuana was right there," Jenkins said while she motioned to the bottom of the box.
Along with the several other pieces included with the set were two bags of weed. Jenkins called for her Aunt Tyra who had bought the Magic Mixer at Oroville Walmart the day before.
"Like I didn't believe it at first and then I looked at it closely and it was really two bags of marijuana," Tyra Hills said. "So I was like shocked and I didn't know what to do at that point so I called my mom over."
"I was shocked first, I was like 'oh my gosh' and then I was angry to find that at the bottom and see her disappointed face? I was angry," said Aramis' grandma Tammie Hills.
At 6 a.m. the next morning, Grandma Hills marched straight to the Oroville Police Department to turn the weed in and file a police report, then to the Walmart, who offered to give her a refund.
"I told them no, that's not the point, we're not down here to get our money back or to get a new Magic Mixer, my thing is I want to talk to the corporate office first and see what they would do and then get them pulled off the shelf," Tammie Hills said.
She said she was disappointed because everyone she spoke to was nonchalant about the discovery that had ruined her granddaughters Christmas.
"[Aramis] didn't know what to do, she was shocked," Tammie Hills said. "Our family, we don't, we don't do drugs, we don't do anything."
Luckily the 9-year-old did the right thing and encourages any other potential recipient to do the same.
"If there's marijuana in it, show your parents first," Jenkins said.
Charles Crowson, an Oroville spokesperson at Walmart corporate provided KRCR News Channel 7 with the following statement regarding this incident:
"We take the situation very seriously and want our customers to have a safe experience every time they're in our stores. If the alleged incident is proven true, we will work closely with law enforcement throughout their investigation and must refer all further questions to local police."
A media request to the Oroville Police Department has not yet been returned.