Babysitter charged with manslaughter in baby’s death, accused of giving him lethal dose of Benadryl

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Courtesy: Reynsoldsburg Police Department

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — A central Ohio babysitter who authorities say gave a fatal dose of Benadryl to an 8-month old child has been indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge.

The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office says 43-year-old Lori Ann Conley was indicted by the county grand jury Friday on charges that also include endangering children and tampering with evidence.

Prosecutors says she gave the an adult dose of the allergy medication to Haddix Mulkey to try to stop his fussing while babysitting on May 13 in suburban Columbus. She later found the child unresponsive. The coroner ruled he died from the medicine.

Conley is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, she could face up to 10 years in prison. Online court records didn’t show whether she had an attorney.