Parents to be tried in death of infant son

United States
September 19, 2007 12:51pm CST
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20070914-9999-1m14boettger.html This is really sad. In a nutshell, a married couple with medical backgrounds (Thomas Boettger is an EMT, and his wife, Lorrie, is a midwife) routinely drugged their six month old baby boy with Benadryl and Unisom tablets and God knows what else to get him to sleep at night and during nap time. Apparently the baby was given the medicine regularly so he wouldn’t fuss and stay up
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@llagosto (14)
• United States
20 Sep 07
This is so sad and it really hit close to home-so many friends of mine give their children some type of medicine to make them drowsy and i think it is just so sad. I have 4 children and in all the time of being a parent i have never just given any of my babies medicine. Hell i get scared when the doctor gives them a presciption because i dont know the effects it could cause. Its sad for this baby and i also hope that they get the punishment they deserve.
• United States
20 Sep 07
Very sad.
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
21 Sep 07
That is sad, I thought benadryl is used for colds and flu not for putting a child to sleep... awww this is sad alright.
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• United States
22 Sep 07
It is very sad.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
20 Sep 07
oh, that's so scary. Especially as these particular parents should have known better. I bet there are a lot of parents out there who don't actually know better, and it's sad to think about.
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• United States
20 Sep 07
All parents should have known better.
@infoguy (210)
• India
20 Sep 07
hey its really sad and shocking to know this....Parents from Medical background who r completely aware of these things doing such a thing....
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• United States
20 Sep 07
Yes it is very sad.
@Razzles (391)
• United States
20 Sep 07
This is tragic. It seems like these people would know better. People like this should not have kids. They were mainly doing this so they could get some rest. They were very selfish in this respect and it is a shame that the baby wasn't removed from their home earlier. I just don't have any sympathy for the parents.
• United States
20 Sep 07
You would think.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Sep 07
No self-respecting parents would ever do such a thing, Lifez! I shudder when I think of how horribly infants and children are being abused these days. They are treated as nothing more than property.
• United States
20 Sep 07
You are right and it is very sad.
@moxalot (100)
• United States
20 Sep 07
That is so sad. Something like that happened out here. A couple in the medical profession forgot their baby in the car. She passed away... Poor babies...
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• United States
20 Sep 07
How do you forget a baby? Yes it is very sad indeed.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
19 Sep 07
Why do people do things like that knowing that it is harmful. I do know that we had a daycare here that was shut down for doing the same thing. It is sad that they felt they needed to do this and in return no longer have a son. They really should have known better.
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• United States
19 Sep 07
Yes they should have known better.
@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
19 Sep 07
Thats horrible. I had someone make a comment like that to me once. He's fairly young and has no kids and was completely joking. But it irritated me. I told him I couldn't go to a late night training because there was no one to watch my daughter. He told me to give her half a prozac and that would knock her out. I told him he shouldn't even joke about stuff like that. I think every parent would admit that when their kids are sick and screaming or won't quiet down, its nice when their medicine kicks in and they quiet down...but I would never give it to them unless they were really sick. I can't believe parents would do that purposely.
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• United States
19 Sep 07
I know is a sad and scary thought.