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Jarret Helm Allegedly Put Adderall In Easter Egg, Child Ate Medication

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Jarrett Helm allegedly put an Adderall pill in a plastic Easter egg that was hidden in a Daphne, Alabama Easter egg hunt. | Daphne Police Department

Members of a church in Daphne, Ala., were panicked on Sunday when they learned that a plastic egg hidden for an Easter egg hunt allegedly contained a volunteer's medication.

The Press-Register reported that though Christ the King Catholic Church notified parents and asked that they return the eggs, a 6-year-old child had already ingested an Adderall pill.

Jarret Anthony Helm, a 21-year-old volunteer, was subsequently arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, according to Daphne police. It's not clear whether police believe the incident was intentional or accidental.

The suspect had allegedly told church officials that he'd noticed his mistake but retrieved the egg before the hunt began, the Associated Press reported. It was one of 1,500 eggs hidden.

Adderall is a stimulant medication that "may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)." according to the Food and Drug Administration. It hasn't been studied in children less than 6 years old, and side effects include headaches, fast heartbeats, dizziness, and seizures.

Police told Press-Register that the child's parents said the 6-year-old did not suffer any "adverse effects."

Helm is being held in jail as of Tuesday.

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