Mum Charged After Death Of Child — (Hackney Gazette)

SSRI Ed note: Toddler boy, 20 months dies with antidepressant in his system. Mom charged.

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Hackney Gazette

Thursday, December 4, 2008

 A MOTHER is due in court today (Thursday) accused of killing her toddler with anti-depressants.

The 27-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is appearing at Thames magistrates’ court charged with manslaughter, causing or allowing the death of a child under the age of 16 and child cruelty.

The child, a 20-month old boy, died on the morning of September 2 last year after being admitted to Homerton University Hospital with breathing difficulties.

A postmortem carried out 17 days later discovered that toddler had traces of the drug Amitriptyline in his system.

The woman, who lives in Upper Clapton, was arrested two weeks after the child’s death and was released on police bail until last week when she was charged.