Toddler overdoses, father arrested

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A two-year old girl overdosed on pills and her father, who was caring for her at the time, didn’t call 911 or try to help his daughter in any way, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

When the toddler’s mother came home and saw how sick the little girl was, she immediately called 911, according to deputies.  The girl was airlifted to UK Hospital in Lexington, according to investigators.  Her condition wasn’t immediately known.

Deputies say the toddler took approximately 18 Antivan pills, which are used to treat anxiety disorders or anxiety associated with depression.

Investigators say this happened just after 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 25, 2017.

Deputies say 30-year old Joshua Richard Smith, of London, didn’t go with his daughter to the emergency room or ride to the hospital with the mother of the child or her parents.

Investigators say they found Smith driving east on KY 192 and when they tried to talk to him, he created a disturbance near a business and cursed deputies.  Investigators say he was under the influence.

He was eventually arrested around 6:30 P.M. off West Laurel Road, approximately 9-miles west of London.  He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.  He faces a number of charges, including Criminal Abuse 1st Degree – Child 12 or under, according to deputies.

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