Mother arrested for four-year-old’s death — (WNDU)

SSRI Ed note: Woman on antidepressants kills her 4-yr-old with a mixture of prescription medications.

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April 14, 2005

Samantha Dutton is being held on manslaughter charges
Benton Harbor, MI – The mother of a 4-year old boy, who was found dead in a Benton Harbor home last month, now faces manslaughter charges in connection with the death of her son.

Police arrested 23-year-old Samantha Dutton Wednesday night at her home in Plainwell.

On March 3, the body of Joseph Dekoster was found in a Benton Harbor home.

An autopsy and toxicology report revealed the child died from drug toxins commonly found in cold medicines and anti-depressants.

Police believe Dutton gave her son a mixture of prescriptions, not authorized by a doctor.

Dutton is currently being held in the Berrien County Jail, pending arraignment.