PAYSON, Utah, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A Utah man was arrested and jailed for allegedly trying to slip a sleeping drug into juice for his nephews, ages 4, 6 and 8, police said Tuesday.
Jeremy Robert Zeeman, 34, of Payson was being held in lieu of $5,000 bond on three third-degree felony child endangerment charges and 10 class A possession of drug paraphernalia misdemeanor counts, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Zeeman was taken into custody by deputies after allegedly spiking the children's juice with Ambien, said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.
The boys did not drink the juice because another family member saw Zeeman putting the capsules into his nephews' cups and intervened, Cannon said.
The family member then called police, the newspaper said.
Zeeman allegedly told police one of the children was sick and he believed the Ambien would help the boy feel better.
But there was no explanation for why he allegedly tried to give the drug to the other two boys, the newspaper said.
Zeeman has a record of substance abuse, Cannon said.