A woman was arrested late Friday afternoon after police say she overmedicated her 10-year-old-son using a medication commonly prescribed for high blood pressure.
According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, police responded to the emergency room at Self Regional Medical Center where they were met by the 10-year-old victim’s father. The victim’s father told police that his son was not acting like himself after being picked up from his mother’s house in Saluda.
According to the report, the victim’s father told police that the child’s mother, identified as Brandi Lashay Hutchinson Johnson, 34, of 9213 Highway 246 S. in Saluda, said she had given the 10-year-old a clonidine pill to give to a 9-year-old at the residence. The victim told an ER nurse that he had taken two of the pills, one the night before and one that day.
According to the Mayo Clinic, clonidine is primarily prescribed for hypertension, but is also prescribed for ADHD and for insomnia.
According to the report, ER staff told police that they could not test for the presence of clonidine. They also advised police that the child would be kept overnight for observation because, if he had taken clonidine, it could be life threatening.
Johnson has been charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.