A 24-year-old Batavia resident who allegedly gave bath salts to a minor did so, she reportedly told a DSS caseworker, because she thought the chemical was legal, "therefore it was OK."
Ashley R. Keene, of 244 Liberty St., Batavia, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Her alleged admission to giving bath salts to a 14-year-old girl are contained in court documents on file with Batavia City Court.
According to a DSS worker who made a statement in support of Keene's arrest, Keene said she didn't understand on May 28, Memorial Day, that giving a child bath salts was illegal.
Keene is the girlfriend of Jason D. Lang, 28, of 244 Liberty St., Batavia, who is currently being held in Genesee County Jail. He is accused of falsely reporting an incident for allegedly calling 9-1-1 to report gunshots at a local hotel July 2.
In court documents, a Batavia PD officer reports that in a jailhouse interview, Lang denied participating in giving the girl bath salts and says he warned Keene against it, but admits, according to the officer, of "having a problem with bath salts."
Lang has reportedly been involved in other bizarre calls to the emergency dispatchers, placing multiple calls to 9-1-1 one morning in late June and either he or Keene reported a toxic chemical odor at 244 Liberty St. in June that city fire later declared unfounded.
Lang is the former owner of The Laughing Buddha, 238 Ellicott St., Batavia, which was a head shop and tattoo parlor. The shop has been closed for a few weeks and is reportedly out of business.
In late May, Lang was arrested by State Police for allegedly calling the property owner of 400 Ellicott St. and telling the landlord that he was a "State Police detective." Lang was allegedly warning the landlord not to rent to 420 Emporium because, according to Lang, the business sold bath salts.
According to court documents, on May 28, the 14-year-old girl was given permission to go with Lang and Keene to a rib festival in Rochester. She was reportedly going along as a babysitter for Lang and Keene's daughter.
At about 5 p.m., her parents gave her permission to go home with them. On the way back to Batavia, Lang drove to Warsaw and stopped at a 420 Emporium location there.
The girl reportedly told officers that Lang gave Keene $100 to buy two packages of "Amp" (aka Amped).
When Keene came out of the store, according to the girl, she gave one package of the compound to Lang and kept one for herself. Lang, the girl said, got in the back seat and Keene got behind the wheel. Before driving away, according to the statement, Keene snorted a half line of the bath salt.
Jason slept in the back seat during the drive home, the girl said.
Upon arriving at 244 Liberty, according to the girl's statement, she got permission to stay with Lang and Keene overnight.
In the statement, the girl is reported to have said that Keene was going to do her hair and makeup for her last day of school.
Once home, the girl reported that Lang and Keene argued about "cheating and lying."
Then they decided to go to McDonald's and Tops for food.
When the group returned to 244 Liberty, Keene allegedly asked the girl, "do you want to do caffeine powder with me?"
The girl said she had never snorted anything before, according to the statement, and Keene allegedly showed her how to snort the powder.
At 10:30 p.m., Lang reportedly said he was hot and wanted to go for a walk. The girl also said they were going to look for Lang's dog, which had apparently run off.
When the got home, the girl took a swig from a Sprite bottle, according to the statement, that she later learned contained some "Amped" mixed in the bottle.
The girl said she started feeling hot. Keene, she said, got a bag of peas from the freezer and put them on her forehead. Lang asked her if she needed to take a shower. She declined the shower.
The group stayed up all night watching TV, the girl reportedly said. She said she couldn't sleep.
At 5 a.m., she started getting ready for school.
She took a shower and Keene stayed in the bathroom during the entire shower, the girl said.
When she got out of the shower she said she noticed scratches on both of her forearms but didn't know how they got there.
Keene did the girl's hair and makeup.
When she got to school, she said, she wasn't feeling well. At about lunchtime, she started throwing up.
Her mother came and took her home.
According to the report, the girl didn't eat for two days.
Lang has previously denied selling bath salts at The Laughing Buddha, but has admitted to selling what is commonly accepted as synthetic marijuana, which Lang called incense and potpourri (previous coverage here). Just before his store closed, Lang said he had found a new kind of synthetic marijuana that was all organic and wasn't covered by a recent statewide ban on most substances known as synthetic marijuana.
After the jump (click on the headline) a press release from Sen. Charles Schumer on President Obama signing legislation making it illegal to sell (as a federal crime) many of the chemicals used in bath salts and synthetic marijuana.