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Brownie Beware

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - It's sold in many convenience stores, but this new brownie contains a dangerous ingredient, and it's not the special substance you might be thinking of.

"He was in his toy room playing, and then he came down here and lay down. He was just acting all funny; he wouldn't play or nothing," said Kizwanna Cummings about her 2-year-old son, Michael. "Only thing I can do is hope and pray that he was okay."

Kameron, Michael's big brother, fusses up to his mistake. "I just gave him a little piece 'cause he wanted some, so I just cut him off a little piece," he said. "I didn't really know what it was. I just thought it was going to be a regular type of brownie just had a name to it."

The name is "Lazy Cakes" and is touted as the world's first relaxation brownie. The secret ingredient is melatonin which claims to put a smile on your face and help your problems melt away.

But danger! This stuff's for adults only. "A lot of adults will take it to help go to sleep and get a good night sleep. The problem is the actual brownie has four times the amount that you would get in a normal capsule," said Dr. Ann Payne-Johnson, a family physician.

"We didn't think anything of it until my mom looked on the back of it, and it said, 'Recommended for adults only,'" said Kameron.

By then, it was too late. Little Michael was passed out! "He just kind of laid down and went to sleep," recalled Kizwanna. "He would sleep, and he wouldn't wake up. And when he was waking up, he was crying a lot."

This toddler ended up in the hospital! "What we've seen with the kids is that they go to sleep, and adults sometimes have a hard time waking them up," said Payne-Johnson. "Sometimes, the kids have been taken to the emergency room, and even in the emergency room, there is no way to wake them up."

The makers of Lazy Cakes say: "The product is clearly marked as being intended for adults only".

That's true, the package and the Web site have a warning. The makers go on to say: "We trust they will make educated decisions about what they choose to consume."

But Kameron says he bought the brownie, and he's only 15. "I should have never gave it to him really, but the main thing is that the store shouldn't have sold it to me without asking for my ID."

A lazy store-clerk? You decide, but Dr. Payne-Johnson says don't let these brownies - or any melatonin supplement - get into the wrong hands. "It will kill you if you get the wrong dose," she said. "It's a drug; those brownies are definitely a drug."

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