Woman spiked toddler’s Fruit Shoot drink with enough morphine to kill an 11-stone adult
A young woman who gave a small child a potentially fatal morphine overdose in hospital, tried to blame the infant’s father for the poison attack.
Charlotte Lee, 21, used powerful painkilling pills to spike bottles of Lucozade and Fruit Shoot which she left with the child when she visited over a period of three days at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
The toddler needed emergency treatment in a paediatric high dependency unit after their breathing slowed down and they almost lost consciousness.
Doctors realised what was happening when the child’s urine tested positive for opiates and nurses removed the Fruit Shoot bottle for testing.
It contained morphine at a level that was four times the maximum safe dose for a child of that age and could even have been fatal to an adult weighing eleven stone.
Lee lied to medical staff about poisoning the child and accused the infant’s natural father of bringing the spiked drinks into hospital.
She was suffering from a psychological disorder which made her believe the drugs were helping rather than harming the child.
Lee, of Seaton, Devon, admitted administering a poison or noxious substance with intent to endanger life in February last year.