A 59-year-old Florida woman has been charged with giving her young grandchild a fatal dose of methadone. St. John's County Sheriff's office reports that Brett Taylor Aitken is being held on charges of Aggravated Mansluaghter of her 15-month-old grandchild because she was negligent in caring for the child.
The incident occurred in December of 2018 when Aitken, who had custody of the child, had mistakenly given the child the drug. Aitken told authorities that she had put the methadone, which was prescribed to someone else, into a medicine bottle that belonged to the child. The child had been on prescribed allergy medication and, when the child presented allergy symptoms, Aitken gave the child what she thought was the allergy prescribed medication.
Via Fox 35:
"Investigators also learned that Aitken had unlawfully maintained possession of the controlled substance after an earlier death of the patient who had been prescribed the substance. She said that she saved it "for a rainy day."
Aitken was booked in the St. Johns County Jail on a $100,000 bond."
Whether or not this was indeed an accident is going to be left up to the courts to decide. What matters now is that a child has died and the child's own grandmother is at fault.