Saturday, 14 May 2011

SIDS: New Zealand: Police investigate drugs in dead baby's stomach

10 May 2011
Police are investigating the death of a seven-month-old Waikato girl after she was found to have adult medication in her stomach.
The girl from Morrinsville, 32km northeast of Hamilton, was initially believed to have died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, formerly known as cot death, when she died in March.
But the investigation was widened after forensic toxicology results found the adult medication in her stomach.
The girl's 22-month-old sister was also treated in hospital after it was suspected she had also ingested medication.
"We're focusing on how the seven-month-old ingested the medication," Detective Senior Sergeant Karl Thornton said.
"We're trying to confirm if the older sister swallowed similar pills. At this stage we are keeping an open mind as to what might have happened.
"We are not in a position to confirm any details about either incident at the moment."
The girls were living with their mother and an older sibling at the time but have since been placed in the care of Child, Youth and Family as an interim measure, Mr Thornton said.
Police were interviewing immediate and extended family members.

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