A 28-year-old mother has been charged after her 3-year-old daughter accidentally gave a jelly sandwich containing a painkiller to another girl.
Denise Manzella allegedly left two pills of Oxycodone on top of the microwave, reports FOX News. As she was making sandwiches for her daughters and her neighbor's girls, she was called away by her 5-year-old daughter. Her 3-year-old then proceeded to spread the jelly on the bread, and placed the two pills on top.
That sandwich ended up being passed to the girls' neighboring friend after Manzella's daughters went out in the backyard. The pills were discovered by the neighbor's grandmother before the girl ingested them, and she called the police.
This is a cautionary tale: NEVER leave pills lying around if you have kids in the house. There are many drugs that can kill kids with a single pill. (Click here for a list of the seven pills that pose life-threatening risks to youngsters, courtesy of ABC News.)
Dr. Carl Baum, a pediatric emergency physician and toxicologist at Yale University, told ABC News, "Kids find pills off the floor in a hotel room all the time. Parents bring them in having no idea what they took." How terrifying!
Parents should recognize the high risk of accidental ingestions and be prepared to act. (Call 911 immediately, or call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.) Parents should also be prepared to take their child to the hospital immediately -- and they should bring the bottle of whatever the child took into the ambulance and to the ER. New guidelines from the American Association of Pediatrics urge against the use of ipecac or any other mechanism to induce vomiting.
But back to that Oxycodone jelly sandwich .... Do you think Denise Manzella should be charged?