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North Carolina Mother Allegedly Overdosed Her Children on Prescription Medication for Months: Sheriff

N.C. Mom Accused of Intentionally Overdosing Her Children with Drugs
Source: Union County Sheriff’s Office; Unsplash

Sarah Jones claims she is innocent, even though officials say it shows a 'pattern of abuse' for months.

Jun. 11 2024, Published 4:02 p.m. ET

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A mother in North Carolina is being accused of intentionally overdosing her young children for months, authorities said.

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation first began in March after 28-year-old Sarah Jones’ children, ages 8 and 9, were admitted to a hospital in Monroe with “symptoms of a narcotics overdose.”

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Medics determined the victims had consumed a substantial amount of prescription drugs, including tramadol and Benadryl, officials said.

The children reportedly required medical treatment for “potentially life-threatening injuries” as a result.

Investigators determined Jones allegedly overdosed her children in what the sheriff’s office called “intentional and malicious” acts.

Officials said Jones intentionally overdosed her children in a “pattern of abuse spanning several months” and their most recent hospital stay was not the first incident.

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On June 5, Jones was arrested and charged with two counts of felony child abuse - negligent omission resulting in serious bodily injury, authorities said.

She was booked into the Union County Detention Center and released on a $25,000 bond.


Jones spoke with WSOC-TV and said the allegations against her are wrong. “I would say that I’m a very loving and caring mother and I would never, ever hurt my children at all," she insisted.

“I never have given my children too much meds,” Jones continued, adding, “I only gave them their prescriptions, prescribed meds and dosage.”

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Officials said the victims are now in foster care and recovering from their injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.


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