Toddlers hospitalized for eating anti-psychotic drugs, grandmother arrested

Toddlers hospitalized for eating anti-psychotic drugs, grandmother arrested

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two children, less than 2 years old each, are recovering after East Baton Rouge deputies say they took their grandmother, Yolanda McKinley's medicine.

McKinley, 53, was arrested late Tuesday night from her apartment on Rush Ave. on charges of negligent injuring and possession of a legend drug.

According to her arrest report, McKinley "located the juveniles who were nauseous in her room and sitting near the pill bottle." The children were taken to a hospital where they were listed in critical condition and admitted into the intensive care unit.

"Risperdal is what the grandmother believes the children ingested," said Casey Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. McKinley did not have a prescription for the Risperdal.

Risperdal, or Risperidone, is a prescription drug that treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. It may also treat Autism, Dementia, and Tourette syndrome.

The drug is considered an atypical anti-psychotic, and is considered to be a legend drug.

Hicks said deputies also found other bottles of medicine without labels and some without a prescription. Hicks added deputies also found synthetic marijuana inside the apartment.

The pills the children allegedly took were within reach according to officials.

"The pills were down in a cabinet in the bathroom well within reach of the children. They were not secure. They were not put away like they should have been. We do believe it was an accident and that's why it's a negligent injuring but it's so important that you take prescription medicine, pills, guns, weapons, anything that can harm a small child, you need to make sure it's put away and very secure," said Hicks.

The children are expected to make a full recovery.

McKinley has been charged with negligent injuring, and possession of a legend drug. She has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where she is being held on a $10,000 bond.

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