D.C. woman pleads guilty in her 7-week-old son’s fatal overdose

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A D.C. woman pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Wednesday for administering a lethal dose of a prescription drug to her infant son.

Prosecutors said Tisheena Louise Brown, 33, of Southeast admitted to giving her 7-week-old son, Hakeem, Promethazine in September because he was acting fussy.

After taking the drug, which is frequently prescribed for motion sickness and nausea and is not supposed to be given to children younger than 2, the child stopped breathing.

Brown, who prosecutors said has a history of prescription drug abuse, initially told rescue workers she gave her son an “over the counter” gas relief medication. The child died at a hospital a short time later.

Prosecutors said Brown had a history of visiting hospitals to fraudulently obtain prescriptions, which would then be filled and paid for by Medicaid. She got more than 1,700 pills from various doctors from September through December and also pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree insurance fraud, prosecutors said.

Brown is scheduled to be sentenced in D.C. Superior Court on July 18.

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