FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – A tragic incident in South Florida has resulted in a grandmother facing an aggravated manslaughter charge after her 10-month-old grandson passed away under her care. The devastating case serves as a stark reminder of the importance of keeping prescriptions and medications out of the reach of children.
The victim, Josiah Tobias Fenelus, appeared to have no prior medical issues, making the circumstances even more heart-wrenching. An autopsy revealed that the baby’s cause of death was a lethal concentration of the potent antihistamine cyproheptadine.
Toxicology tests conducted during the investigation found cyproheptadine in items within the grandmother’s home, including two baby bottles. Cyproheptadine, a powerful antihistamine, is commonly associated with the unapproved drug Apetamin. Apetamin is often marketed as a syrup claiming to stimulate appetite and enhance one’s physical appearance.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings regarding the illegal use of cyproheptadine due to its potentially deadly effects. Despite its legal status, cyproheptadine is sometimes found in products available in certain stores and online without a prescription.
Cyproheptadine, when used improperly, can result in severe consequences, including disorientation, hallucinations, convulsions, coma, and, in some tragic cases, death. It’s worth noting that cyproheptadine is also present in pill form in the drug Periactin, primarily used to treat allergy symptoms, according to information from the Cleveland Clinic.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit previously emphasized the dangers of cyproheptadine and the importance of public awareness about its illicit use. They urge individuals to always check the list of ingredients before taking any medication or supplement, especially when administering them to children or loved ones.