A Pennsylvania woman who allegedly gave her two young children sleeping pills is facing felony child endangerment charges, according to a report from WPXI.com on August 16. When police officers arrived at Jennifer Reedy's home in Washington County, they were unable to wake the children up. The 3-year-old and 5-year old children woke up “sluggish and out of sorts” after the paramedics were summoned.
The type of sleeping pills Reedy allegedly gave her children were melatonin supplements. Melatonin is a natural hormone made by a small gland in the brain. The synthetic form is sold as a dietary supplement in health food stores, drug stores and online. It is the only hormone available in the United States without a prescription.
Using over-the-counter (OTC) medicines or dietary supplements to control children should be considered child abuse according to pediatric expert Dr. Shan Lin (2010). The malicious intent of administering cold and cough OTC medicines (or any drug) to young children can have major consequences, including death.
Some parents intentionally dope their children to lessen the responsibility of parenting and even find humor in the practice.
Jennifer Reedy's children are currently in the care of family members.
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