Death of 18-month-old boy under investigation

FORT WORTH -- Police are investigating the death of an 18-month-old boy who apparently ingested his grandmother's prescription medicine.

Anthony Young was pronounced dead at Cook Children's Medical Center at 1:46 p.m. Thursday.

A cause and manner of death are pending.

Sgt. Jim Thomson, supervisor of the crimes against children unit, said Young's grandmother was caring for the boy at her home in the 3300 block of Baylor Street.

He said the two were napping together when the boy apparently woke up and opened a bottle of prescription pain medicine.

The medication was 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 opened the headboard and the bottle's childproof lid.

Upon waking, the grandmother discovered the open pill bottle but believed that she had accounted for all the pills inside, Thomson said.

About an hour later, at 1 p.m., she called 911 because her grandson was unresponsive.

Emergency crews performed chest compressions, but the boy 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 medication the boy may have ingested.

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

The case is under investigation, and detectives have not determined whether any criminal charges will be sought, he said.

Thomson 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