Oregon dad allegedly spikes smoothies with benzos at 12-year-old daughter’s ‘spa night’ sleepover

A “spa night” sleepover with allegedly spiked smoothies had an Oregon dad facing multiple felony charges.

Wednesday, Michael Meyden turned himself into the Clackamas County Jail after a Clackamas County Grand Jury had issued an indictment for the 57-year-old. Having heard evidence pertaining to a sleepover at the man’s home in Lake Oswego, Oregon with his daughter and her 12-year-old friends, the dad was hit with six felony counts and three misdemeanors for allegedly spiking the girl’s smoothies with benzodiazepine.

Known by names like Klonopin, Valium or Xanax, the depressant was detailed in court documents as producing sedation, a relaxed mood and sedation, and tests run at the Randall Children’s Hospital after the girls were picked up from the sleepover in the early morning hours of Aug. 26, 2023 found them all positive for the substance.

Detailing the affidavit, NBC News reported that Meyden had been involved in the girls’ sleepover by taking the preteens to get their nails done and have pizza for dinner. Later on the night of Aug. 25, each of the four girls was served two mango smoothies in milkshake-style glasses that one girl would go on to tell police had “white chunks” in it.

“Mr. Meyden specifically gave each of the girls specific colored reusable straws to distinguish their own drink,” the affidavit stated. “Mr. Meyden was adamant that the girls drink out of their own cups.”

Not long after finishing the two drinks, one of the girls was said to have “blacked out” after feeling woozy, hot and clumsy. The girls were split into pairs of two in the basement as a couple retired to a bedroom and the others to a pullout couch.

It was then, according to one of the girls who hadn’t liked the drink and was said to have barely drank any, that Meyden made repeated trips to the basement.

“He put his finger underneath the nose of the awake girl ‘as if to see if she was soundly asleep, he then waved his hand in front of her face,'” the affidavit stated. He was also said to have moved one of the girls prompting concern from the awake child that he meant them harm.

She proceeded to text her mother before 2 a.m., “Mom please pick me up and say I had a family emergency. I don’t feel safe. I might not respond but please come get me (crying emoji), Please. Please pick up.  Please. PLEASE!!”

That girl went on to text a family friend as well, and two of the parents arrived not long after where they said Meyden appeared “drunk” when he answered the door and that he was reluctant to let them collect the children.

Parents took the girls to the hospital resulting in their testing positive for benzodiazepine. The evidence led the grand jury to charge Meyden with three counts of causing another to ingest a controlled substance, three counts of application of a schedule-4 controlled substance and three counts of delivery of a controlled substance to a minor.

Bail was set at $50,000 and Meyden’s attorney Mark Cogan told NBC News over the phone, “Mr. Meyden is presumed innocent. We have not seen the evidence. The indictment was issued by a grand jury behind closed doors where no judge, no defense attorney, was allowed. And we hope that people will reserve judgment until all the facts are known.”

Meyden pled not guilty to all charges.

Kevin Haggerty

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