Woman pleads not guilty to charge of killing baby with cough medicine

A DeKalb County mother pleaded not guilty Nov. 14 to giving her 4-month-old son a lethal dose of cough medicine.

Carlitha Yvette Hardy, 34, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct following her son’s death in November 2010. She was indicted Sept. 25.
Although prosecutors say they believe it was an accident, they said she acted recklessly by administering the child cough syrup meant for adults.
“We also believe it may have been multiple types, and the child wasn’t sick,” District Attorney Robert James said.
According to the indictment, Hardy received the reckless conduct charge for “consciously disregarding a substantial and unjustifiable risk” by providing her son with the medicine.
The indictment also states that Hardy acted with a gross deviation from the standard of care any reasonable person would exercise in the situation.
At the time she administered the medicine to the child, prosecutors said, there were others in the house who were sick but Hardy should have known better than to give the child adult cough medicine.
“It wasn’t an accident she gave the medicine to the child,” James said. “But, we’re not accusing her of purposefully killing her child, which is why the charge is involuntary manslaughter.”
Hardy is currently out on $15,000 bond; court officials said a trial date has not yet been set.

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