CHALMETTE, La. – A two-year-old Chalmette girl is in the hospital after apparently ingesting part of her mother’s narcotic pills, officials said Tuesday.
The girl is currently at the Children’s Hospital after being transferred from the St. Bernard Health Clinic. She was listed as in serious condition as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, said St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack Stephens. As of Wednesday morning, the child is in intensive care at Children's Hospital in New Orleans for further observation.
Stephens said the girl’s mother, 22-year-old Tiffany Tommaseo, had several types of narcotic pills in her home: the painkiller Vicodin, the muscle-relaxer SOMA, and Suboxin, a drug used for treating heroin addiction. Stephens said no prescriptions were found for those drugs, which are often illegally distributed, in the home.
Tommaseo was arrested on a warrant issued by a judge charging her with improper supervision of a child and three counts of possession of prescription pills found in her home on Tuesday, according to police. She was arrested Wednesday and jailed in St. Bernard Parish Prison.
The mother had dropped the girl off at a day-care center earlier in the day, but counselors saw she was lethargic and seemed to be suffering from health problems. They called Tommaseo, but she was unable to pick the child up, so the grandmother arrived and brought her to the health center.
Tommaseo was treated and released from University Hospital in New Orleans on July 20 after the agents found her in her home having a medical problem involving a possible drug overdose, Sheriff Jack Stephens said.