Health dept: Middletown baby died from effects of 4 types of medication


MEMORIAL DEDICATED TO HIS SERVICE. (HE) WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH NEW DETAILS … ….ON THE TRAGIC DEATH OF A FOUR-MONTH OLD BOY IN MIDDLETOWN. I’M SHANNON HEGY. (MM) AND I’M MIKE MONTECALVO. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS—— THE CHILD DIED AFTER INGESTING A MIXTURE OF MEDICATION. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER MOLLY O’BRIEN IS LIVE OUTSIDE MIDDLETOWN POLICE HEADQUARTERS WITH THE LATEST. MOLLY? (MO) THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TELLS ME THE INFANT PASSED AWAY DUE TO ACCUTE INTOXICATION FROM OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES- ANTACIDS, ANTIHISTAMINES, CHILDREN’S COUGH AND COLD MEDICINE. JUNE TENTH MIDDLETOWN POLICE OFFICERS.. ALONG WITH MIDDLETOWN FIRE AND RESCUE RESPONDED TO THE OXBOW FARMS HOUSING COMPLEX AFTER A REPORT OF AN UNRESPONSIVE 4-MONTH-OLD MALE INFANT. RESCUE BEGAN CPR AND TRANSPORTED THE YOUNG BOY TO NEWPORT HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD. EYEWITTNESS NEWS HAS CALLS INTO DCYF TO LEARN MORE, BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW A DCYF INVESTIGATION CONFIRMED THE CHILD’S DEATH WAS A RESULT OF MALTREATMENT. DCYF SAYS THE FAMILY DID HAVE PRIOR INVOLVEMENT WITH THEIR DEPARTMENT. THE CHILD AND HIS LEGAL GUARDIAN, WHO THE CHILD WAS IN THE CARE OF AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH, DID NOT. ADHEARING TO STATE LAW, DCYF NOTIFIED THE OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE OF THE REPORT. THE BOY’S BIOLOGICAL MOTHER TELLS EYEWITTNESS NEWS DCYF DID NOT CONTACT HER CONCERNING HER SON’S CAUSE OF DEATH. SHE TELLS ME THE FAMILY AND CAUSE OF DEATH. SHE CONCERNING HER SON’S DID NOT CONTACT HER EYEWITTNESS NEWS DCYF MOTHER TELLS THE BOY’S BIOLOGICAL MOTHER TELLS EYEWITTNESS NEWS DCYF DID NOT CONTACT HER CONCERNING HER SON’S CAUSE OF DEATH. SHE TELLS ME THE FAMILY AND GAURDIAN LEARNED ABOUT THE CAUSE OF DEATH WEDNESDAY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA. (MO) THE MIDDLETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT TELLS US THIS IS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION WITH THE RHODE ISLAND ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE AND DCYF. REPORTING LIVE IN MIDDLETOWN, I’M MOLLY O’BRIEN, EYEWITNESS