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Alyson Sweany arrested for possessing spice


AMHERST — Alyson Sweany, who was convicted of child endangering following the 2010 death of her son, was arrested early Sunday morning for possessing spice, or synthetic marijuana.

According to Amherst police, Sweany, 25, was in a 2003 Cadillac Deville driven by Abigail Simmons, 26, when it was pulled over at 12:48 a.m. for going left of center.

The officer found spice and paraphernalia for smoking spice in the car. Both women were charged with possession of spice and released at the scene.

Sweany pleaded guilty in 2011 to child endangering charges that stemmed from her failure to prevent the abuse that prosecutors said her 3-year-old son, Jesse Crum Jr., endured at the hands of Peter Jones, Sweany’s then-boyfriend.

Jesse was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on March 15, 2010, and died about a week later from his injuries.

An autopsy determined the cause of death was blunt head trauma, brain hemorrhages and pneumonia.

Jones hanged himself in June 2010, just a few days before he was scheduled to be sentenced on child endangering charges arising from a January 2009 incident in which Jesse was scalded by hot water while Jones was bathing the boy.

Sweany was released from prison March 7.

"It was said Sweany had made strides toward bettering herself while incarcerated," according to police.

According to police, the day prior to Simmons' arrest with Sweany, she had been arrested along with Dan Bullocks, 36, at Giant Eagle for theft. Store employees called Amherst police after recognizing the pair as individuals who had stolen meat the previous day. The manager believed they were again attempting to steal by stuffing items in their pants. Both were taken to jail.

On Thursday, Bullocks and Simmons were again arrested after they allegedly attempted to take $700 in merchandise from Kmart. Bullocks fled but was apprehended by Amherst police.

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