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Vancouver man sentenced to prison for giving pot-infused cake to 4-year-old

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver man pleaded guilty to third-degree child assault and delivery of a controlled substance after giving his 4-year-old daughter a piece of chocolate cake infused with marijuana, according to court documents.

John Andrew Batten, 29, pleaded guilty in court Friday. He was arrested in March.

Court documents state the girl was taken to the hospital after she became "extremely lethargic" at her daycare. She tested positive for THC in her system at the hospital.

The girl told officers her father gave her an apple and chocolate cake when he visited her that morning, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The child lives with other family members, but she said her dad visits her at daycare.

Daycare workers told investigators they prepare all the food for the children and parents are not supposed to bring in outside food.

An affidavit states the cake crumbs and wrapper were sent to the Washington State Patrol crime lab to be analyzed and the crumbs were determined to contain THC.

Batten was interviewed by police and denied giving the girl anything with marijuana in it.

Court documents state Batten told police he purchased the cake at a nearby gas station. However, officers went to the gas station and the owner said he does not sell any baked goods like Batten described.

"I checked the store and did not see any products similar to what John Batten described or wrapped in a similar fashion as the cake that was booked into evidence," an officer wrote in a probable cause statement.

After pleading guilty Friday, Batten was sentenced to two years in prison. 

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