Woman gives 3-month-old baby methadone to calm down the child


Jessica F. Nicholson 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A woman who wanted to calm down an irritable child, gave the baby methadone and caused the child to get sick, according to police in Virginia.

The Manassas City Police Department said that they have arrested 31-year-old Jessica F. Nicholson, after being accused of giving the 3-month-old baby methadone.

Nicholson has been charged with child abuse. According to the criminal complaint, on Saturday, the baby was admitted to the hospital after suffering respiratory distress.

Blood tests showed that the baby was under the influence of methadone. Investigators then learned that Nicholson gave the child methadone orally in an attempt to calm the child.

The child is expected to make a full recovery.

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