2-year-old swallowed Xanax, mother lied about it to the medics

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Exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed, is a felony.

In a bizarre turn of events, a 2-year-old ingested two Xanax pills and had trouble breathing. When the medics came to help though, the mother lied about it.

Stephanie Diane Burkhalter, a 21-year-old woman from Altoona, Alabama was arrested for chemical endangerment of a child and child abuse on 12 December 2016. According to the release by the Sheriff’s office of Etowah county, medics were called because her 2-year-old child was having difficulty while breathing. She told the medics that the child had received some treatment earlier in the day. She refused any further treatment from the medics.


Stephanie then asked her neighbour to look after the child and went out. Meanwhile, the condition of the baby worsened and was rushed to the hospital. There, she admitted that the child had not received any medical treatment earlier, but had ingested two Xanax pills.

Xanax is a potent anti-anxiety medicine, not generally recommended in children. People who take Xanax may develop a dependence for it. In other words, it has an addiction potential. It is almost never prescribed for a 2-year-old baby.

How did the baby come across Xanax?

This is a question that has not been answered. But one can speculate that Stephanie was somehow involved in the event. If she had witnessed the baby accidentally putting a xanax in the mouth, she could have sought immediate medical attention. How the baby ingested the second Xanax in her presence, only you can guess. However, the fact that she kept it to herself raises a lot of questions.

Why do mums medicate the children?

Most of the mothers would not rush to medicate the child unless he is very ill. Even then, they would consult a doctor before doing so. But there are some mothers who may have a temporary lapse of judgement and end up endangering the life of their children. We often come across stories of women involved in driving under influence with the baby in the car. Many end up shaking their babies in frustration and cause permanent damage or even worse.

The reasons could be the mother’s altered state of mind. The pressures on a mother are high. These can often lead to a temporary or a permanent lapse of judgement. A child that cries, refuses to sleep, does not listen to instructions, throws tantrums may cause the mother to hurt her child. Most often, these mothers have little to no help raising the kids. One should watch out for warning signs in such mothers.

Read on to find out how to avoid accidents like these.

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