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Police: Mom gave baby fatal dose of allergy medicine

The Associated Press

MONESSESN, Pa. – Police say a Pennsylvania mother gave her 16-month-old daughter a fatal dose of allergy medicine.

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Police in Monessen say 30-year-old Ashley Gallatin has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the December death of one of her twin daughters.

According to an affidavit, police were summoned to Gallatin’s home about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Pittsburgh and found her husband sitting on the porch, holding the baby. Police say the baby was “cold to the touch with no pulse.” She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The mother told police the babies were sick and she tried to give the child medicine “which she believed to be Tylenol.”

A toxicology report revealed that the child died from a high dose of diphenhydramine, an ingredient in antihistamines like Benadryl.

No attorney is listed in court documents.