Thursday, November 22, 2001

OxyContin overdose kills tot

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — A 23-month-old toddler died Sunday of an apparent OxyContin overdose, according to Florence police.

        Dudley John Michael Ferdinando III reached into his mother's purse Nov. 14 and grabbed an OxyContin bottle and ingested three pills.

        The boy was treated that day at St. Luke Hospital West in Florence and released, according to police. The following morning, the parents found him unconscious. The boy was taken back to St. Luke before being transfered to Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        A St. Luke West nursing supervisor confirmed that the child was treated twice at the hospital.

        The infant's parents, Wayne and Bobbie Ferdinando of the 6300 block of Clark Street, have not been charged. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and service at 8 p.m. Friday at Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Home, Florence.

        Memorials can be made to Children's Hospital Medical Center, Development Office, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039.


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