Mother says man tricked mentally challenged 16-year-old girl into smoking pot

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A 19-year-old Baldwin man is facing a corruption of minor charge after police said he tricked a mentally challenged teenage girl into buying $200 worth of marijuana and smoking it.

According to police, Jeremy Klein met the 16-year-old mentally challenged girl at the Galleria Mall.

Investigators said Klein admitted to police that the girl withdrew about $200 from her bank account so he could buy marijuana. He said they smoked it at various places and before they left South Hills Village, she told him she was only 16.

According to the criminal complaint, Klein told detectives, “She seemed a little slow and not mentally right.”

He eventually dropped her off near her home hours after she was reported missing by her parents.

The girl’s mother told Channel 11’s Jodine Costanzo that she’s very angry Klein took advantage of her daughter –- who she described as bipolar.

“Words can’t express how angry I really am. A 19-year-old took advantage of a kid. I have zero tolerance for drugs,” the woman said.

She said her daughter hasn’t been the same since she smoked marijuana with Klein.

“Her behavior has been extremely erratic. She’s never been like this before. She threatened her sister with a knife,” the mother said.

She is being treated at a mental facility.