LSD-laced meat sends Tampa family to hospital


Saturday, March 8, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (CNN) -- LSD tainted beef is being blamed for sickening a Florida family, including two young children.

Now, federal, state and local investigators are trying to figure out how the dangerous drug got on the meat, and who is responsible.

A balloon tied to a porch announces the birth of a new baby boy, but this week started on a near-tragic note for the family that lives in the house.

Tampa Police say Ronnie Morales became sick soon after a family meal that included bottom round steak bought at a Walmart store on North Dale Mabry in Tampa.

His girlfriend, 9-months pregnant, Jessica Rosado rushed him to St. Joseph's Hospital. She too, became ill, doctors induced labor and she delivered.

Soon after, her two daughters, 7 and 6 years old, started having hallucinations and became seriously ill. The culprit: That Walmart steak, with LSD put on it.

"There was no indication that we know of right now that the meat tasted funny," officers said.

The family moved into their house on Bel Aire Circle just this week. The steak dinner was their first home-cooked meal.

TPD detectives took remaining foods, and even the oven, to see if they can trace the source of the drug.

The family has no idea where this may have come from, and there's no indication of any involvement on the part of the family.

Walmart responded quickly, issuing a statement that says it is disturbed about this situation. It's unclear where or how the food was tampered. It has pulled the product from the shelves, and no similar incidents have been reported.

The federal and Florida Departments of Agriculture, along with the Hillsborough County Health Department and Tampa Police are investigating the case.

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