Mom admits giving pot to toddler

Jessica Gamble (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Jessica Gamble (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A mother has admitted to giving her 2-year-old daughter marijuana, then teaching her to smoke it and recording it on a cell phone.

Jessica Gamble, 21, pleaded guilty Thursday to corrupting another with drugs and tampering with evidence. An endangering children charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office released video of the incident in September. It was recorded on Gamble's cell phone in August in her Springfield Township home, and you can hear Gamble encouraging the child in the background.

The child was removed from the home by Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services. She is now in the care of a relative.

Gamble could get up to 6 1/2 years in prison when she is sentenced on Dec. 16. She could have faced five additional years on the dropped charge.

Gamble has suffered from learning disabilities and mental health issues, including depression, defense attorney James Hartke said.

He said he hopes the judge will sentence her to probation.

"That would allow her to go into parenting and substance abuse programs and come out of this situation a better person," Hartke said.

Judge Ethna Cooper ordered Gamble to be held without bond pending her sentencing and undergo mental health evaluation.

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