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Autistic Boy Dies From Deadly Cocktail of Psychiatric Drugs

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An Autistic boy was killed on May 23, 2007 by a lethal combination of anti-psychotic drugs while under the care of his psychiatrist and a group home. The boy ultimately died of serotonin syndrome.

The boy’s mother admitted him to a state-funded group home after he attempted to choke one of his two younger sisters and she began to fear for the girls’ safety. However, she did not give up her parental rights to the boy. The director of the group home allegedly stopped taking the boy to his original doctors and began to take him to the other psychiatrist accused of overmedicating the boy, without the mother’s approval.

In the wrongful death and medical malpractice suit, the boy’s mother claims that overmedication and improper care led to the death of her son. Shockingly, some of the drugs administered to the boy were not approved by the FDA and the boy had signs of adverse reaction. In fact, the boy was hospitalized twice within a few months for emergency treatment. The boy’s doctor did reduce his medication once, but then increased the dosage again, which ultimately led to his untimely death.