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Georgia couple faces charges, loses custody of son for giving him marijuana for seizures

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MACON, Ga. (WGXA) -- The parents of a Macon teen who are facing charges for giving their son marijuana for seizures spoke out on Thursday.

Suzeanna Brill, 38, and Matthew Brill, 40, were arrested on April 20 and charged with reckless conduct.

“We look at our child in a ball in the middle of the floor unable to anything, but their entire body is convulsing and tensed up and you have to pick your child up, carry them to your vehicle because you live 45 minutes away from help. I hope no parent ever has to do that," said Suzeanna.

Their 15-year-old son loved his bike, spending time with his family and his service dog.

“He was figuring things out, how they worked and made them work. My child no longer has that he no longer has hope," Suzeanna said.

The Brills said they went to doctors first and tried everything they could. Suzeanna said she and Matthew were willing to face the consequences of helping their son, and now they are.

Suzeanna Brill looks at pictures of her son, who she hasn't seen since April/Barmel Lyons (WGXA)
Suzeanna Brill looks at pictures of her son, who she hasn't seen since April/Barmel Lyons (WGXA)

“There’s no words to describe the hopelessness," Suzeanna said.

Suzeanna and Mathew said they miss their son and they want him back home. Their son is still in the custody of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and his status depends on the outcome of his parents' hearing. The family hasn't been together since April 20.

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“The biggest thing I miss...I am missing a five-year shadow," said Matthew.

The couple was arrested on April 20th for giving their son marijuana to help with his seizures. Child Services also took custody of their son.

The Brills were charged with reckless conduct for supplying the child with illegal drugs and will go before a juvenile court on June 14.

Matthew Brill and Suzeanna Brill were arrested on April 20/Twiggs County Sheriff's Office
Matthew Brill and Suzeanna Brill were arrested on April 20/Twiggs County Sheriff's Office

Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum says the Brills told his deputies that other medications for their son's seizures weren't working, which is why they turned to giving him marijuana.

Matthew Brill told deputies he first smokes the marijuana to determine if it's a "good bag," and if so, he gives it to his son.

Mitchum said the investigation was led by The Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.

"It's important to say, in my position as a sheriff, it doesn't matter if I agree with the law," Mitchum said. He later added, "the fact is, marijuana is not legal in the state of Georgia."

Mitchum said the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office has received a large number of calls from throughout the country from people upset with the arrests. He said they also received threats.

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"It's sad, on one hand, that there's that many people who think it's okay to give your son drugs," Mitchum said.

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