Woman in tot drug row avoids jail

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A WOMAN who put a child’s life at risk by allowing it to consume massive amounts of a powerful tranquiliser has avoided jail.

Danielle Murray, 20, allowed the tot to consume 15 times what medics say is the safe amount of a drug called Benzodiazepine at an address in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, in October 2011. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Murray was left in charge of the child on October 13 last year. The infant – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was rushed to hospital after falling ill.

Medics said the infant’s eyes were like “pin pricks” and noticed that the child was unstable on its feet. The court heard that medical staff managed to stabilise the child’s condition – and police arrested Murray shortly afterwards. When officers quizzed Murray, she admitted that she had let the child sit beside a massive stash of medication and that the tot must have consumed the tablets when her back had been turned. She pleaded guilty to a charge of culpable and reckless conduct in September.

Sheriff William Holligan 
yesterday sentenced Murray to a 12-month long drug treatment and testing order.