JUPITER, Fla. (CBS12) — Investigators arrested a woman on child neglect charges after doctors treated a 19-month-old girl for an opioid overdose. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's office says it's the second time in three months the girl's been treated for an overdose.
Deputies responded to Jupiter Medical Center on Thursday after receiving a report about the overdose. According to the arrest report, doctors treated the girl with several doses of Narcan before taking her to St. Mary's Medical Center for additional treatment.
The suspect, 43-year-old Jeanette Agnes Homan, initially told investigators her pill bottle spilled in the driveway after she got into a squabble with another person, according to the report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. She said the other person threw her pill bottle at her and the toddler must've picked up one of the pills on the ground and ate it. Homan later said that the pills did not spill out after the bottle was thrown at her and that she went inside the house to count the pills and must've dropped one on the kitchen floor.
A short time later, Homan said she noticed the toddler stumbling in the hallway and falling asleep, according to the arrest report. Homan said she called 911 to report the domestic incident and to call for an ambulance for the girl who showed signs of an overdose, deputies said.
Investigators learned from hospital staff the girl had been treated last October for an accidental poisoning by Clonazepam, a Schedule IV narcotic. The baby girl ingested two one milligram pills, authorities said. She couldn't walk and kept falling down, according to the report. Homan at the time said she thinks she dropped the pills on the floor in the middle of the night.
Homan allowed authorities to search her home. They found an open bottle of unknown pills in a bedroom dresser, within reach of the toddler, according to the sheriff's office.
Homan is facing two counts of neglect of a child causing great bodily harm and one count of perjury. She's being held on bonds totaling $50,000.