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Kingsport mother arrested after child overdoses

Rain Smith, NET News Service • Oct 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport woman has been arrested after her 1-year-old son overdosed on Suboxone — a prescription medication used to treat opioid dependence — and she delayed seeking help for the vomiting child.Police say the woman called poison control and was told to immediately take her son to the emergency room. She instead waited before transporting him to a fire station, pushing back his treatment at the hospital to 90 minutes after her original call.

The incident occurred as she was trying to get the child "to go to sleep," she told police. She said a cat must have knocked her bottle of pills off a windowsill when she left the room.Emilie A. Rothert, 20, of 3604 Watterson St., Apartment 9, is charged with child abuse and neglect. An affidavit filed in a Hawkins County court says she was arrested by Kingsport police on Monday night.

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