A Morrisville woman was in Lamoille County Court Monday to face murder charges in the death of her 4-month-old grandson.
Fifty-three year-old Pamela Raymond was carrying a baby blanket as she walked into the courtroom to face a second degree murder charge for giving her four-month old grandson, Warren Bailey, a lethal dose of the prescription anti-depressant Imipramine.
Lamoille County State's Attorney, Joel Page says this was no accident. "She used to be a nurse. She has special training. She is aware of the risks of administering medication that has been prescribed for somebody else, not for this child, and despite her knowledge of the risks, she proceeded and took no steps to provide any care after the dosage was administered," he said.
Raymond's nursing license was revoked in 1996 because she allegedly diverted medication from patients to be used improperly, but no charges were filed at the time.
According to court records, Raymond was babysitting for her grandson in September when she put the pills in the baby's bottle. When the medication would not dissolve fast enough, she allegedly scraped off the pill's time release coating and rubbed the anti-depressant directly onto the baby's gums, then helped the baby swallow the remainder of the pill, washing it down with infant formula.
"It can be very stressful having a child. She was concerned with the child having an effect on her husband that might lead to violence. She took steps to deal with that in a totally inappropriate way that resulted in the child's death," Page said.
Raymond's bail was set at 25-thousand dollars cash. The court also ordered her to report daily to the Morrisville Police Department, remain in Lamoille County and continue counseling.
Raymond's husband told WCAX he would have to come up with a way to find the 25-thousand dollars bail. Neighbors said they did not know the couple well and that they mainly kept to themselves. They also said they were shocked by news of the baby's death.
According to court papers, the baby's mother has forgiven Patricia Raymond and the judge refused to order a non association condition with the baby's parents, saying the court should not stand in the way of the healing process.
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