PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. -- A 17-year-old girl was charged Wednesday in Platte County with involuntary manslaughter after police say she gave a homemade drug to a 15-year-old boy that killed him.
Krista Meeks is charged with causing the October death of Ethan Rickman, 15. Prosecutors say Meeks told them she knew people could die from it and because of that, wouldn't try it herself.
"She knew it had very harsh and violent effects and had known that others had died from this drug," said Eric Zahnd, Platte Co. Prosecutor. "We allege that she recklessly caused the death of this young man."
The drug mimics the effect of LSD and is called "acid." In her interview with police, officers note that Meeks called the drug a "research chemical."
Rickman was a student at Park Hill High School.
After Meeks' arrest, police say she led detectives to a house in Kansas City, Kan., where she said the homemade LSD was made. Police served a search warrant and recovered 1,800 units of acid.
Police and prosecutors say it's hard for the Missouri legislature to keep up with underground drug makers, making it difficult to prosecute them because the makers simply alter their chemical compounds slightly so the drugs are no longer officially illegal.
Zahnd says the drug Meeks allegedly sold to Rickman wasn't illegal at the time of his death, but Zahnd is still holding her responsible.
"This specific compound at the time it was sold, was not on the FDA's schedule lists of drugs," he said.
Meeks could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison, while Montgomery faces up to four years.