Father charged in death of 3-month-old daughter

January 23, 1996|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

A former Union Bridge resident was charged with manslaughter yesterday in connection with the death of his 3-month-old daughter about a year ago.

Jeremy Wade Cook, 22, of Brooklyn also was charged with child abuse by a parent and reckless endangerment in the death of Erika Michelle Cook.

Erika, who was pronounced dead on Jan. 28, died of an excessive dose of medication, according to court documents. The Cook family had lived on East Elger Street in Union Bridge.

Prosecutors, who requested a summons for Mr. Cook yesterday, declined to discuss the case until the preliminary hearing, which is likely to be held within two weeks.

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Donald Wright, who performed the autopsy, said the drugs brompheniramine, dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine were found in the child's system.

"They may have come from one medicine," Dr. Wright said. "They were found in above-therapeutic ranges."

Dr. Wright said in his report that he didn't know why she had been given the medication or why the dosage was so high.

According to the Physician's Desk Reference, the three drugs can be found in over-the-counter cough syrups.

The listing for one syrup, called Bromfed, states the product should not be given to newborns. It also states that overdoses in small children can cause hallucinations, convulsions and death.

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