Toddler dies after possibly ingesting prescription medication, police say

FORT WORTH -- Police are investigating the death of a 18-month-old boy who died Thursday afternoon after apparently getting into his grandmother's prescription medicine.

Anthony Young was pronounced dead at Cook Children's Medical Center at 1:46 p.m. A cause and manner of death is still pending.

Sgt. Jim Thomson, supervisor of the Crimes Against Children Unit, said Young's grandmother had been caring for the boy inside her home in the 3300 block of Baylor Street.

He said the grandmother and grandson had been napping together when the boy apparently woke up and opened up a bottle of the grandmother's prescription pain medicine.

The medication had been stored in the bed's headboard , which resembled a roll top desk. Thomson said the boy, whom he described as large for his age, had apparently managed to push open the roll top and open the pill bottle's child-proof lid.

Upon waking, the grandmother discovered the open pill bottle but believed she had accounted for all the pills inside, Thomson said. About an hour later, at 1 p.m., she called 911 after discovering her grandson unresponsive.

Emergency crews performed chest compression on the boy but was he was pronounced dead at the hospital less than an hour later.

Thomson said investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office to determine how much of the medication the boy may have ingested.

"At this point it looks like one or two (pills) might have been unaccounted for," Thomson said.

He said the case is still under investigation and detectives have not yet determined whether any criminal charges will be sought.

He cautioned caregivers who believe a child might have gotten into medications to always call for help.

"If there's any question, the best course of action is to call 911 or poison control," Thomson said.

DEANNA BOYD, 817-390-7655