Indy father charged with neglect after daughter’s accidental overdose

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2014) – An Indianapolis man faces neglect charges after his 19-month-old daughter overdosed on antidepressants.

According to court documents, Skyler Bell, 23, left a bottle of Viibryd tablets on a bedroom nightstand inside a Franklin Township home on May 11, 2014. When he woke up the next day, he found his daughter playing with the pill bottle and noticed it was empty.

He said his daughter seemed normal at first but soon grew moody and agitated. She was “uncontrollable and flailing her arms,” according to court documents. Bell called the girl’s mother after realizing his daughter had taken the medication. She lost control of her body, police said, and fell off a mattress.

Bell told police he didn’t take the girl to the hospital immediately because he was afraid he’d get in trouble. The girl’s mother called 911, and the 19-month-old was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Doctors at Riley said the girl wasn’t completely unresponsive but struggled to breathe. “She couldn’t protect her airways and protect herself from choking,” according to court documents. They said there was a “risk of death” if the girl hadn’t been treated.

She won’t face any long-term complications from the overdose, doctors said.

Bell faces two counts of neglect of a dependent.