Woman accused of tampering with her child's medications


POWNAL -- State Police say a woman allegedly tampered with her child's attention deficit disorder medication, removing the medicine from inside the capsules and replacing it with sugar and in some cases, Prozac. The child, 6, is believed to have ingested one of the altered pills, but is unharmed.

According to Vermont State Trooper Robert Zink, Kristy L. Prouty, 32, of Pownal, is scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court on Thursday to answer charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, cruelty to a child under 10, manufacture of a regulated drug, prescription fraud, possession of a regulated drug, false information to police, and petit larceny.

Zink wrote in a release that in August, Prouty reported to Bennington Police that her child's doses of Vyvanse had been tampered with. Vyvanse is a controlled substance used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Police seized the medication and had it sent to the Vermont Forensics Laboratory in Waterbury for testing.

Prouty told police the questionable medication was received from the child's stepmother during a custody exchange.

On Oct. 18 police received a report from a local elementary school that six Vyvanse pills were missing and the remainder appeared to be tampered with. The school holds the medication and administers it to the child. Police said a nurse said the problem was only noticed after the child had been given a dose. The pills held by the school were also sent to the laboratory.

On Nov. 4, police learned from the forensics lab that the capsules sent by the Bennington Police Department had been broken open and replaced with sugar, while the pills seized by State Police had been broken and replaced with Prozac.

Zink wrote that an investigation was conducted resulting in Prouty being arrested. She is being lodged at the Rutland jail for lack of $10,000 bail.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.


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