A 53-year-old woman from Vermont has been charged with suspicion of manslaughter and child cruelty for the death of Harper Rose.
It's always heartbreaking whenever a child suffers an unfortunate fate. More so because a child is innocent and usually oblivious to anything bad that may have been done to him or her. The life of a 6-month old baby in Vermont was snuffed out by a day-care provider reports People. The baby had been given sedatives awhile she was in the day-care so that she would go to sleep. This case brings into the highlight the lax attitude of people who should have done their job diligently. The day-care was being paid to take care of a child and to resort to such brainless and careless measures to provide prescription drugs to an infant is something that was thoroughly investigated by authorities. At 53 years she has been charged with suspicion of manslaughter and child cruelty for the death of the child whose name was Harper Rose Briar. A medical examination of Harper Rose found concentrations of a drug called diphenhydramine. It is a sedative and was found in the infant's body. The report also pointed out that Harper Rose died of diphenhydramine intoxication. The was arrested following this damning autopsy. Harper Rose's manner of death was ruled a homicide and we say rightly so.
According to wegmd.com diphenhydramine is an antihistamine (drugs which treat allergies) used to relieve symptoms of conditions such as allergy, hay fever, and the common cold. The website further points out that such drugs are not safe or effective in children younger than 6 years and should not be used unless specifically directed by a doctor. In fact some products where this drug is a component is not even recommended for use in children younger than 12 years.
Harper Rose had been in the nanny’s care for only three days following her death. The infant died on January 24. The baby's parents Blake and Marrisa Briar had dropped her at the nanny’s at-home daycare on the very day that she died. A GoFundMe page was also set up for Harper Rose's funeral expenses on January 25. Started by a friend of the baby's mother, the page reads: She (Harper Rose) was a vibrant beautiful baby girl. She was loved by so many people. Yesterday (January 24) 6 month birthday she was dropped off at daycare...Happy and healthy, smiling big like she always had.
It further reads: She truly was a happy baby. Her smile lit up the room. She had everyone who knew her wrapped around her finger. We were all blessed to watch her grow. Later in the day, the page points out that the baby's parents got "the call no parent wants". Police responded to a 911 call from the caregiver’s home. They found that the infant was not breathing. “Harper was unresponsive and headed to the hospital via ambulance.” the family wrote on the GoFundMe page.
The page further pointed out: Baby Harper arrived at the hospital and wasn’t breathing. The doctors and nurses did all they could to bring life back to our little princess. We were all shocked to hear Harper was gone. Harper Rose has left us on her 6 month birthday... Now we are trying to learn how to do this life without our sweet baby girl. They had a lot of doctors working on her but it wasn’t enough. Harper Rose’s father, Blake Briar, wrote on Facebook: I’m so lost for words.
Authorities immediately began investigating the infant’s death. A news release by the police pointed out that diphenhydramine is an active, sedating ingredient in over-the-counter antihistamines. It further warned that its usage was not appropriate on infants unless ordered by a physician. In this case, the accused administered the drug to the baby by herself and without an order from a physician. According to the Associated Press, Attorney Rosemary Kennedy from Rutland County State said. “The state is alleging that the defendant sedated an otherwise beautiful, happy, healthy 6-month-old to the point where that baby could not lift her head and died. From the state’s perspective that is about as serious a charge that we see in Vermont.”
During the hearing in court, many of Harper Rose’s family members and friends attended wearing pink shirts that said “Justice for Harper Rose,” the Associated Press further states. In a Facebook post, Blake Rose wrote: None of this seems real, I can’t sleep without seeing her, I can’t open my eyes without seeing her, I can’t do anything. She was the best thing that ever happened to us and I promise me and mommy are always going to love you. I love you Harper Rose Briar, Rest In Peace my beautiful daughter. The accused's attorney, Robert McClallen, entered a not guilty plea for his client.