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Charges filed in death of Northland teen who took imitation illegal drug

Updated: 2013-10-09T03:12:25Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

Platte County prosecutors have charged two Riverside teenagers with selling an imitation illegal drug to a 14-year-old Northland boy who died after taking it.

The Park Hill School District identified the student who died as Ethan Rickman, a freshman at Park Hill High School.

Emergency responders found Ethan unconscious Friday after being called to a residence in the 4900 block of Northwest Fisk Avenue in Parkville. He was rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

According to court documents, Ethan ingested a drug that mimics the effects of LSD.

Prosecutors charged Krista E. Meeks, 17, and Jamell D. Montgomery, 18, with delivery of an imitation controlled substance. Meeks also was charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Bond for each was set at $25,000. They were being held Tuesday in the Platte County jail.

According to court documents, Ethan and a second 14-year-old boy purchased the drug from Meeks on Thursday in Riverside.

The boys initially had contacted Montgomery about buying drugs, and he put them in contact with Meeks, according to allegations outlined in court documents.

Meeks later told detectives that she would not take the drug herself because its effects are so “harsh and violent,” according to court documents.

“Krista Meeks describes the effects of this drug to be so extreme that she has read articles where people have died after taking this exact drug,” detectives wrote in the probable cause statement.

A statement issued by the school district said Ethan was “a bright, talented, fun-loving young man who played in a band.” He had attended Prairie Point Elementary School and Plaza and Congress middle schools before starting his freshman year in high school.

The district said Ethan’s family had donated his organs.

The high school had counselors available for students and staff.

The Star’s Matt Campbell contributed to this report. To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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