Two Women Charged After Four-Year-Old Boy Allegedly Drugged
Two women will front court accused of drugging a young boy with prescription medication south of Sydney.
Detectives launched an investigation after a four-year-old boy presented at the hospital in the Illawarra region on October 11 suffering reduced consciousness and slurring his words.
Doctors said the boy, who was severely underweight for his age, had a restricted prescribed drug in his system and upper limb fractures.
He also had previous hospital admissions with similar symptoms.
Detectives seized prescription medications and "other items" at a home in the Illawarra on October 12.
Two women, aged 30 and 29, were subsequently arrested on November 20.
The 30-year-old was charged with using poison to endanger life and failing to provide for child causing danger of serious injury, while the 29-year-old was handed the latter offence.
They were granted strict conditional bail to appear in court on Wednesday where police will allege the boy was drugged with prescription medication not prescribed to him on several occasions.
He is in the care of the Department of Family and Community Services.
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.
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