Health dept: Middletown baby died from effects of 4 types of medication

East Bay

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — State officials on Wednesday confirmed the recent death of a Middletown baby was the result of maltreatment.

The 4-month-old died on June 10, according to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).

The R.I. Department of Health said the cause of the child’s death was “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of brompheniramine, diphenhydramine, dextromethorphan, and ranitidine,” which are two types of antihistamine, cough medicine, and heartburn medication, respectively.

The DCYF said it’s had previous involvement with the family but not the baby nor his or her legal guardian.

The agency also noted that the Office of the Child Advocate has been notified of the death.

Eyewitness News has reached out to Middletown Police Department for more information including whether charges will be filed.

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