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Sentencing for employee who stole boy's medicine

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A former San Marcos school employee who admitted to stealing a student's prescription was sentenced on Wednesday to one year in jail and four years of probation.

Nelson was sentenced to one year in jail, but will only serve six months behind bars.

Matthew Nelson was accused of switching a student's Ritalin medication with another medication. The 32-year-old ex-country school employee pleaded guilty to stealing Ritalin tablets and replacing them with Claritin back in March.

Jana Sudik, the victim's mother, told the judge, Nelson could have killed her son. 

"It's really an uneasy feeling to not be able to trust the people we trusted the most," she said. 

Sudik said her son has special needs and is allergic to Claritin . She said several years ago, she found her son unresponsive in his bedroom after taking Claritin. 

"My husband had to do CPR to revive him. There was no pulse no respiration," said Sudik.  

Fortunately the Ritalin tablets they'd received that month had a slight green tint to them. And school officials caught the mistake after the first dose. 

Nelson, said nothing in court, and kept his gaze to the ground. His attorney told the judge that pleading guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment and felony burglary has made his client unemployable 

The judge sentenced him to a year in jail and 4 years of probation.

Nelson has no prior criminal record, and the judge ordered him to stay away from the victim, the victim's family and his former employer. 

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