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Babysitter Charged With Murder in Infant's Benedryl Overdose Death


Babysitter Charged With Murder in Infant's Benedryl Overdose Death (Reynoldsburg Police/Cotner Funeral Home)

An Ohio babysitter has been charged with murder after authorities say she gave an infant what turned out to be a fatal dose of Benedryl to put him to sleep.

Lori Conley was caring for several children in her Reynoldsburg home last month when she allegedly gave 8-month-old Haddix Mulkey an adult dose of the over-the-counter antihistamine.

When she found the infant unresponsive, a neighbor called authorities. Haddix was transported to an area hospital, where he died.

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After toxiciology reports were completed, Conley was arrested on Friday. She was charged with murder and child endangering.

The 43-year-old suspect was babysitting seven other children at the time of the overdose, according to police.

Police say Conley admitted she gave the boy Benedryl because he was acting up.

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Conley was given a bond about of $750,000. At her arraignment, she was ordered to stay away from children and that she could not be in the presence of her own unsupervised.

At a press conference along with Reynoldsburg police, Conley told reporters she wants justice for Haddix.

“I will always have a broken heart because a piece of me is gone,” Katie Mulkey said. “We had so many hopes and dreams for him and now it's all gone.”

Conley is back in court for a preliminary hearing on June 13.

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