Mother killed ‘misbehaving’ daughter, 8, by giving her antidepressants to calm her down
Culled from Metro
Frazier pictured after her conviction Monday. She is set to be sentenced to up to 50 years in prison on August 23 (Picture: KCCI)
A mother killed her eight year-old daughter by giving the little girl unprescribed antidepressants in a bid to calm her unruly behavior.
Misty Frazier faces 50 years in jail for giving her daughter Kathleen Tafta a fatal overdose of amitriptyline, which is commonly sold as Elavil, Metro reported.
Frazier, of Glenwood, Iowa, killed the youngster in October 2016, but insists she did not mean to hurt her.
Kathleen suffered from several behavioural disorders, with her mother claiming she had given her the powerful pills to make her sleep or calm her down.
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The child overdosed on drugs at least three times between 2013 and 2016, according to the Des Moines Register, but lied to medics who treated her that the Elavil had been prescribed. She was told to lower her daughter’s dosage as a result.
Kathleen Tafta, who died in October 2016 after her mother Misty Frazier gave her an overdose of antidepressant Elavil, which she had not been prescribed (Picture: KETV)
Speaking after her conviction for child endangerment resulting in death Monday, Kathleen’s dad John Tafta said he was disappointed she had not been found guilty of murder.
He told KCCI: ‘We didn’t get what we wanted, but child endangerment resulting in death, 50-year sentence, hell yeah I’ll take it! ‘
This was my daughter she killed, and we’re going to be heard. ‘Kathleen cannot speak for herself, so we’re going to speak for her.’
His partner Karen Tafta, who was Misty’s stepmother, added: ‘There should be no reason for somebody to give medication to a child that does not belong to them. ‘There’s no reason to kill a child. There is nothing a child could do to deserve to be killed.’
Misty Frazier pictured after her daughter’s death in October 2016.
Kathleen’s father John Tafta said he is disappointed Frazier was cleared of second-degree murder, but hopes she is handed the maximum 50 year sentence for her crime (Picture: KCCI)
She has now been convicted of endangerment causing death (Picture: Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office)