On January 7, 2012 the Dothan Police Department along with the Dothan Fire Department responded to a medical emergency at a Dothan residence after receiving a call that a small child (two year old female) did not appear to be breathing.
Upon arrival, medics immediately transported the child to a local hospital where she was somewhat stabilized before being flown to Birmingham. Upon further investigation, it was discovered the medical emergency was induced by digesting methadone.
During the investigation, the mother of the child admitted to leaving a bottle containing methadone in the center console of the vehicle with her two children while she washed the vehicle.
The mother realized her daughter had the bottle and appeared to have drunk the contents however she did not seek medical attention choosing to monitor the child herself.
Approximately three and a half hours later, the mother called 911 when the condition of the child became critical. Police say thanks to the diligent effort of medical staff the child is now stable and expected to fully recover from this life threatening situation. The mother, Andrea Senn, was arrested yesterday and charged with Chemical Endangerment of a Child.
The Dothan Police Department urges anyone with small children to treat all medicines, supplements and related treatments as dangerous to children by keeping them securely locked in your medicine cabinet. Additionally, because children are naturally curious, liquids such as mouthwash and cleaning products should be in a locked cabinet as well. If efforts to prevent your child from consuming a potentially hazardous medication or chemical should fail, parents are urged to call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. Poison Control Centers provide immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance over the phone answering questions about potential poisons in addition to providing treatment management advice about household products. Poison control centers can be reached by calling 1-800-222-1222. Free, private, expert help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and in more than 150 languages.
• Andrea Michelle Senn, white female, 26 years of age, of Woodleigh Road was arrested and charged with Chemical Endangerment of a Child with a $2,500 bond.