A toddler allegedly died due to Benadryl overdose given by his mother

Benadryl overdose allegedly caused the death of a 16-month old toddler from Michigan. Her mother was now in trial after recountinng how she found her son dead.
In their Vernier Lane home, Little Lukas Long was found dead January 29, 2015 after climbing onto the couch to take a nap he never woke from, prosecutors said. Prior to that, his mother told investigators that she gave Lukas some Benadryl in his bottle that morning, and that he went on to play and watch television before laying down for a nap.
Benadryl Overdose

But lab results revealed that Lukas had a Benadryl overdose. He had at least ten times the amount of diphenhydramine—the active ingredient in the medication— in his system than a normal dose would produce.

According to reports, Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz testified that the diphenhydramine levels Lukas had in his blood measured at 710 nanograms per milliliter, while an adult dose of about 50 milligrams of Benadryl would measure at about 60 nanograms per milliliter.

Thus, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Mona Armstrong asked Spitz.

“Is this consistent with a therapeutic amount of Benadryl, even a teaspoon of Benadryl, given that morning?” 

“No, not even close,” he replied.

The manner of death of the toddler who had a Benadryl overdose was indeterminate since it  could not rule out accident or homicide.

In the reports, Lukas’ father, Patrick Long, testified that his ex-wife claimed to be having sleepwalking episodes that escalated in January 2015 and made for a “tense” home environment in the weeks before the boy’s death. There are also incidents where the couples daughter and other son  had found their mother asleep on the kitchen floor and unable to be woken as Lukas laid on the changing table.

On the day that Lukas died, Patrick Long said that around 2 a.m., he woke his ex-wife as she slept on the toilet and the two argued about her behavior.

“In the midst of that argument, I said, ‘If this is going to keep up, I don’t think I can stick around here,” Patrick Long testified.

He also testified that while at work that day, he called Long at least four times to check up on her before he received a call from police saying he should come home for an emergency.  He finally got ahold of Long as he drove back to the house, who said “It appeared that Lukie had suffocated while taking a nap,” reports said.

In a recorded interview, it can be heard that Long was talking to Lukas and saying, ” Dont be dead, but he already was”.

Long is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree child abuse. Testimony resumed  Wednesday.



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