A Hesperia, California family accused county law enforcement of mistreating their 25-year-old disabled daughter and arresting her on drug-related charges despite being alerted to her condition, the Victorville Daily Press reported.
“I’m a retired fire captain and this is just the most outrageous thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” the woman’s father, Steve Olsen, was quoted as saying. “I am a total supporter of law enforcement, but this was wrong. This was out of control.”
Olsen’s daughter, Kylee Olsen, was arrested on Friday by San Bernardino County sheriffs deputies. At the time, Kylee, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, reportedly told officers she had “special needs.”
“They stopped me when I was getting on the bus,” she said. “They asked me when I had last used meth and I said I had never used it. They said my pupils were completely red and put me in the back of the car. I was really scared. I didn’t know what to do.”
She reportedly responded by blaming a combination of allergies and antibiotics for her eyes’ reddish appearance. A family friend, Elizabeth Newman, told the Daily Press that because of her condition, Kylee Olsen has the “mental capacity of a teenager, [and] the emotional capacity of a small child.”
Police would not comment on the case, but Steve Olsen told the newspaper that an officer called him Friday night following his daughter’s arrest on a “drug sweep” and told him she was taken in under suspicion of using methamphetamine. She was charged with “being under the influence of a controlled substance” before being released shortly after midnight on Saturday. She also reportedly took a drug test, which came up negative, and has no criminal record.
“It’s like arresting a 5-year-old kid,” Steve Olsen was quoted as saying. “If the guy could not figure out that she has disabilities he is just an idiot. This one is just so obvious.”
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