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Mom accused of overdosing son with sleeping medication

Mom accused of overdosing son with sleeping medication
Monday, May 13, 2013 - 3:06pm

A Las Cruces woman suspected of administering a double-dose of sleeping medication to her 6-year-old son has been charged with child abuse, Las Cruces Police said.

Lucinda Mary Randall, 43, of the 1400 block of Sacramento Street, is charged with one count of intentional child abuse.

According to the investigation, emergency crews were called to Randall’s home where her 6-year-old son was having difficulty breathing on May 7. The young boy was transported by ambulance to Mountain View Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned from medical professionals that the boy was suffering from an overdose of sleeping medication, and possibly methadone or oxycodone. The boy has since been turned over to the custody of the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department.

Detectives found Randall’s home to be littered with dog feces and various medications that were strewn throughout the residence and within reach by the young boy. Randall is believed to have administered an excessive amount of sleeping pills to her son on the evening of May 6.

Randall was arrested Friday, May 10, and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

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