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Ohio Babysitter Faces Murder Charge After 8-Month-Old Boy Overdoses on Benadryl
Police in Ohio have arrested a woman on suspicion of murder and child endangering after the infant she was babysitting died in her care, allegedly of a fatal Benadryl overdose.
Officers responded to Hammond Drive on May 13 for an unresponsive infant, according to a Facebook post from the Reynoldsburg Police Department.
The baby was taken to a hospital, where he later died. He was identified by police as Haddix Mulkey.
Lori Conley, who was babysitting the child, was trying to put the boy to sleep when she allegedly administered a lethal dose of the Benadryl.
A cause of death was confirmed by the Franklin County coroner’s office.
Conley was arrested without incident Friday on charges of murder and child endangering, according to the Facebook post.
The child’s mother, Kate Mulkey, spoke out after the arrest.
“I want justice for my baby because this was something that was robbed from me,” she said, according to local television station WCMH. “I’ll have to see my baby in a cemetery, not in my arms.”
“He is not down the street, but in a cemetery, and going through this is not something any mother should go through.”