Woman kills 4 month old with Benadryl Overdose in Connecticut Day Care

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Carol Cardillo

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Four month old Adam Shelton died on 22 March 2016, from a fatal dose of Benedryl administered by his care taker Carol Cardillo. Cardillo ran a Fairfield Connecticut unlicensed day care center for more than a decade.

The woman received a 30 month prison sentence on Friday for second degree manslaughter. I a fit of emotion the Judge Robert Devlin said, “Adam never had a birthday party, never put on a Halloween mask and never got a visit from Santa Claus.” Cardillo, told the family that she was sorry for their loss but never admitted to killing the toddler. She said, “I am very sad this happened to a beautiful little boy, but this has also caused great havoc in my family.”

The boys parents were not happy with the statement or the behavior of the accused. Adam’s father Matthew Seagull to the judge, “She is an evil person … Adam was only in her day care for 11 days. She has sentenced us to a life without Adam.”

During the initial investigation Cardillo lied to police saying she never gave the boy Benadryl which is an over the counter allergy drug, known to induce sleepiness.

The autopsy confirmed the baby had 41,000 nanograms per milliliter of the drug in his system, the manufacturer suggest 5,000 nanograms per milliliter and above is dangerous.

The 54 year old Cardillo faced up to 5 years in prison for the incident. Records show she purchased more than 90 bottles of the over the counter drug, but her attorney said that it was to treat a personal skin condition.

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