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Police: Nanny cam catches babysitter giving child Benadryl to sleep

Alexis Mickey, 20, arrested on charge of child neglect

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A babysitter was arrested Thursday after she was caught on a nanny cam giving Benadryl to a child to make the girl sleep, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. 

Alexis Mickey, 20, of St. Johns, is charged with child neglect.

According to the arrest report, Mickey gave the toddler whom she was caring for doses of the antihistamine Benadryl to make the girl sleep longer.

The child's mother told investigators that she became suspicious after noticing her daughter was lethargic during the week when Mickey babysat. 

The mother then installed a nanny cam, which captured Mickey pouring Benadryl into a sippy cup and then giving it to the child to drink, police said. 

The nanny cam video then showed Mickey pouring water into the Benadryl bottle to make it look as if there was nothing missing from the bottle, investigators said. 

Pediatrician Dr. James Cheek explained Benadryl affects children in different ways.

"It's really not indicated for children less than 2. (It's) indicated, under special circumstances, for kids less than 6," Cheek said. "Benadryl is metabolized different in younger children and the side effect profile is very different. It can go from one extreme to the other." 

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration released a statement regarding safety concerns about giving small children Benadryl. The statement came after the arrest of an Ohio babysitter who was charged with child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter after giving a fatal dose of Benadryl to a baby to put the child to sleep. According to the FDA, too much Benadryl can cause small children to experience cardiac problems, seizures, comas and even death.

Mickey was booked into the Duval County Jail, but posted $50,000 bond Friday afternoon. 

When News4Jax went to Mickey's home to get her side of the story, a woman matching her description and another woman hopped into a minivan and drove off. 


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