Vermont woman accused of tampering with child's medicine
BENNINGTON, Vt. – A Pownal woman has been accused of tampering with her child's ADD/ADHD medication after she accused the child's stepmother.
Bennington Police were alerted by Kristy Prouty, 32, who said her child's medication, Vyvanse, was tampered with by the child's stepmother in August.
The police department seized the medication and sent it for analysis at the Vermont Forensic Lav in Waterbury, Vt.
According to authorities, on October 18, State Police received a complaint from the Pownal Elementary School who claimed the same medication used by the 6-year-old child was tampered with. The School Nurse normally administered the medication, which was brought to the school by Prouty earlier that day.
State Police say the first pills seized and tested were found to be powdered sugar, and the contents of the second batch taken from the school nurse had been removed and replaced with Prozac.
The child had consumed one of the altered pills; however he was not injured by the tampered medication.
An investigation led to the arrest of Prouty, who is accused of removing the controlled prescription drug from the capsules and substituting the Prozac or powdered sugar. Police interviewed
numerous witnesses, obtained records from a local pharmacy and gathered
numerous sources of corroborating evidence.
Prouty was charged with Aggravated Assault, Cultivation/Manufacture of a Controlled and Regulated Drug, Prescription Fraud, Possession of a Regulated Drug, Reckless Endangerment, Cruelty to a Child under 10, Petit Larceny and False Information to Police. The charge of Providing False Information to Police stems from the woman giving false statements to police, in order to deflect the investigation away from herself.
The mother was sent to the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of $10,000 bail. She is due in court on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
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