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Trial date set for mother charged in toddler's methadone death

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Updated October 22:  A trial date is set for the Granby, Missouri woman charged in her toddler's death.

Elizabeth Farnam is charged with second degree murder in the death of her 22 month son, Logan Crow, who died from a methadone overdose.

Officials say Farnam admitted she dropped a methadone pill while the boy was sitting on her lap at a church meeting the day before his death.

Farnam indicated her son began sweating and lost balance so she took him home to bed.

Court documents show Farnam did not check on the boy for 17 hours and then found him dead.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland tells us Farnam did not have a prescription for methadone but took it anyway.

Updated September 10 at 4:40 PM CST:  The Granby, Missouri woman charged in her toddler's death plead not guilty in court today.

Elizabeth Farnam was arrested by Newton County officials in July after her 22 month-old child died from a methadone overdose which was later confirmed by the toxicology report.

Officials say Farnam admitted she dropped a methadone pill while the boy was sitting on her lap at a church meeting the day before his death.

Farnam indicated her son began sweating and lost balance so she took him home to bed.

Court documents tell us Farnam didn't check on the boy for 17 hours, and then found him dead.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland tells us Farnam did not have a prescription for methadone but took it anyway.

Updated July 20 at 5:55 PM CST:  The Granby, Missouri woman charged in her toddler's death tells Newton County officials she obtained methadone illegally.

Yesterday, the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested Elizabeth Farnam, 32, for the death of her 22 month old son, Logan Crow.

Toxicology reports showed the toddler died of an overdose of methadone.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland tells us Farnam did not have a prescription for methadone but took it anyway.

Officials say Farnam admitted she dropped a methadone pill while the boy was sitting on her lap at a church meeting the day before his death.

Farnam indicated her son began sweating and lost balance so she took him home to bed.

Court documents tell us Farnam didn't check on the boy for 17 hours and then found him dead.

"She was aware apparently the infant had taken something, the child could hardly navigate, it was getting real sleepy and instead of checking to see what was wrong with the child she took it home and put it to bed at 4 o'clock in the afternoon with a bottle and no one checked on the child until 10 o'clock the next morning," says Sheriff Copeland.

Emergency Room physician Frank Veer says if Farnam would have brought her baby into the E.R. after realizing he had taken the drug the outcome could have been much different.

"There are medicines that we can give to reverse the narcotics," says Dr. Veer.  "If this child would have been brought to the emergency room there are medicines that we could give that would block those receptors and blocked those narcotics and we could have most likely saved this child's life."

According to court documents the infant had 15 to 19 milligrams of methadone in his system.  Doctors tell us they typically prescribe only 3 to 5 milligrams for adults.

Officials now want to know who provided the methadone.

"She obtained it illegally, she admitted that she obtained it from another individual from Neosho," says Sheriff Copeland.  "We are still trying to find out who that person is if we can determine where she got it and who supplied it we will seek charges against them also."

Farnam will appear in court on Monday.

Updated July 20 at 2:39 PM CST:  New details have been released in the death of a 22 month old Granby, Missouri boy.

Yesterday, Newton County authorities arrested Elizabeth Farnam, 33 of Granby.  She's charged with second degree murder in the death of her sun, Logan Crow, who was found unresponsive in his bed on June 24.

Court documents show Farnam obtained methadone illegally for her own use.  Farnam told police she dropped a methadone pill while the boy was sitting on her lap in a meeting at a church on June 23.

The statement says the boy began sweating profusely as the family drove home.  Investigators were told the boy was put down for a nap that afternoon but he wasn't checked on until the following morning.

Farnam will have her first appearance in court on Monday.

Posted July 19, 2012:  A Granby, Missouri woman was arrested today for the death of her 22 month old son, who died of an overdose of methadone.

Elizabeth Farnam, 33 of Granby, is now charged with 2nd degree murder.

The Newton County Sheriff's Department says they were called to the mother's home on June 25 due to an unresponsive toddler.

Authorities were told the child was put down to sleep at 4 p.m. the evening before, but the child was not breathing whey they checked him at 10 a.m. that morning.

Authorities say autopsy reports were inconclusive.  However, a toxicology report showed the boy died of overdose of methadone.

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