Police have made an arrest in the death of 10-month-old Josiah Tobias Fenelu in 2022. They have charged his 53-year-old grandmother with his death after determining that the infant overdosed on a lethal amount of cyproheptadine.
The grandmother, Tibina Louissaint, was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child on October 13th. According to the warrants, Louissaint was taking care of her grandson during the weekend of the incident.
Police responded to a home in Oakland Park in South Florida, on August 21, 2022, in reference to an infant who had become “unresponsive.” Josiah was transported to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead en route. In October 2022, the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office determined, according to a press release, that Josiah had “a lethal concentration of the powerful antihistamine cyproheptadine” in his system.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, cyproheptadine is an antihistamine that can only be legally administered with a doctor’s prescription. It can also be used for appetite control and to “enhance” appearances.
Josiah’s autopsy also revealed that he “had swelling of the brain, pulmonary congestion, and a small hemorrhage of the scalp, which is bleeding between the scalp and skull,” a prosecutor said in court.
The toxicology results show this was essentially an overdose of what looks like cough syrup, the prosector said.
Police said two baby bottles were found filled to the top with cyproheptadine inside.
It is unknown what took investigators a year to make an arrest.
Louissaint is currently out on bond after making a court appearance on Saturday.
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