Toxicology report sheds new light on infant's death

Toxicology report sheds new light on infant's death

Charlene Workman

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 1:02 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The probable cause affidavit released by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department reveals new details in the overdose death of a 9-month-old.

On July 22, infant Kaleb Lowery was found unresponsive in his home in the 9500 block of Lina Ardrey Lane. MEDIC responded to the home, administered CPR on the infant, and transported him to CMC Pineville, where he was later pronounced deceased.

The probable cause affidavit released Wednesday by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department shows Kaleb had two prescription drugs in his system at the time of his death: Amitriptyline and Diphenhydramine.

Authorities say Kaleb's grandmother, 49-year-old Charlene Workman, who had legal custody of Kaleb, had a prescription for at least one of the medications found in his system.

It's not yet clear how the medications got into the infant's system.

The doctor at the Medical Examiner's Office who performed the toxicology report on the infant classified Kaleb's death as a homicide.

Workman is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Workman appeared in court on last Tuesday afternoon, and was given no bond. A bond hearing has been set for October 2. A public defender was appointed to her during Wednesday's court proceedings.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Amitriptyline is used to treat eating disorders, post-herpetic neuralgia and to prevent migrane headaches. Diphenhydramine is used to relieve red, irritated, itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; runny nose caused by hay feverm allergies or the common cold.

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