Thursday evening, a family in Taylor, about 30 miles northeast of the Texan capital of Austin, went for burgers at Sonic Drive-In. However, the 11-year-old daughter spotted something fishy in her four-year-old brother's burger as she unwrapped it for him.
"[The girl] actually asked her parents, 'Is this candy?'" Taylor Police Chief Henry Fluck told local NBC affiliate KXAN Sunday. "Of course when they came to the police department, they were very upset, and we understand why."
The parents took the entire meal to the police station, according to Fox 7 Austin. Police tested the pill and found it was 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, better known as MDMA, molly or ecstasy, an illegal drug commonly used recreationally.
Officers went down to the Sonic and arrested the manager, Tanisha Dancer, 30, for a felony theft warrant from Guadalupe County. Employee Jonathan Roberson, 35, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and Jose Molina, 22, was booked for outstanding warrants from Travis and Brown Counties, which included theft by check, driving with an invalid license and bond forfeiture, KXAN reported. Officers told the station that Dancer was found with more ecstasy on her person.
The manager of a Sonic in Taylor is facing charges after a family found an ecstasy pill in a kid's meal. Two other employees were arrested along with Tanisha Dancer. KXAN's @willrdupree is working the story for us. pic.twitter.com/1JdAauK2GR— Sydney Benter (@SydneyBenter) December 7, 2018
Taylor Police told KXAN they notified Texas Department of Health as well as the restaurant's owner and Sonic's corporate office, the latter of which subsequently fired Dancer. Officials said there is no further health or safety risk at the establishment.
Police said the investigation is ongoing, and additional charges may follow its conclusion, Fox News reported.