Police: 7 children admitted to hospital after taking sleeping pills

Another child gave sleeping pills to unaccompanied minors at a home in Virginia, which led to their hospitalization Wednesday evening, police said.

Hopewell, Va. – Another child was given sleeping pills at a home of children in custody in Virginia, which led to them being admitted to the hospital Wednesday evening, police said.

WTVR-TV reported that Hopewell police were called to a home on South 16th Street around 5:30 pm where they found four children aged 1 to 4 unresponsive. Three other children found in another part of the house were awake but lazy. Their age was not immediately known.

Investigators say the bottle of the pill was found without a label. However, after questioning the 7-year-old and consulting with doctors, they were able to prescribe the drug sleeping pills, the station said.

The children were left alone for a short time and one of the children who had prescription drugs “entered it and shared it with other children here,” said Lieutenant Sheen Castle of the Hopewell Police Department. It was not immediately clear if the drug was prescribed for a 7-year-old child.

The seven children were taken to a hospital and the youngest two were later taken to another hospital in critical condition.

“I don’t know the details of their treatment but some are being transferred to another hospital for further treatment,” Kassel said.

The adult who was caring for the kids went to a store and came back to find the kids and called 911. It was not immediately clear if the adults had an affair with the children or if they had any complaints.

The Child Protective Service was called. Police did not say what happened to the 7-year-old after other children were admitted to the hospital.

“Finding out who we’re going to hold accountable and get these kids into a safe environment is our number one goal,” Castle said.

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