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Friday, October 18, 2013

FORMER ONTARIO DAYCARE OPERATOR FACES MORE CHARGES OF ALLEGED POISONING

Police in Kitchener, Ontario., have laid additional charges against a former home daycare operator suspected of poisoning young children in her care.
The Waterloo Regional Police announced Friday that the woman, who was first charged in July, faces new charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and administering a noxious substance in the alleged poisoning of six young children, ranging in age from one-day old to two years, and a 32-year-old adult. The victims are all residents of Kitchener and Guelph, Ont.
Police allege the woman administered an over-the-counter eye-care product that contains the drug tetrahydrozoline. If ingested, tetrahydrozoline can cause abnormal drowsiness, low blood pressure, respiratory difficulty and decreased heart rates, especially in younger children.
The woman was first charged in July, when police had identified two victims in the case.
Police were first alerted to the case in March, when a child under the accused's care was taken to hospital with serious symptoms. The child recovered, but returned to the hospital again with similar symptoms.
In their investigation, detectives learned of another child who became ill with similar symptoms while under the accused's care in July 2010. Both children recovered, but only after spending several days in hospital.
As the investigation continued, more victims were identified, each of whom was allegedly poisoned at different times over the past several years, police say. Christine Allen, 32, is charged with a total of nine counts each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and administering a noxious substance.
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