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The Republic – ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 20, 2014 – 12:06 pm EDT
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A 31-year-old Sandy man has been charged after his girlfriend’s baby died with an antidepressant in her system.
Gene Richins was charged Wednesday with child abuse homicide after the 8-month-old baby’s death in August in West Valley City.
The mother told police she went to sleep after taking medication, and Richins attended to the baby. She woke the next morning to find the girl dead in her playpen.
Richins told police the girl was crying and he gave her some Tylenol from an oral syringe before putting her back to sleep.
Testing found both Tylenol and the drug Trazadone in the girl’s body and in the syringe.
The baby’s mother told police she kept the medication atop the refrigerator and didn’t think the girl could access it on her own.