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Woman sentenced to house arrest for child endangerment

September 22, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

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A Beaver County woman charged with giving her child an antidepressant without a prescription was paroled into house arrest in Butler County Court on Thursday.

Danielle L. Powell, 28, of Rochester, was sentenced to six to 23 months in Butler County Prison, and was immediately paroled with time served, to 30 days house arrest with electronic monitoring by Judge William Shaffer.

Cranberry Township police said Powell gave her 10-year-old son an unknown dosage of trazodone during the night of Nov. 28, 2016.

“Powell reportedly administered this narcotic as a method of calming John Doe after he was fighting with his siblings,” the report states.

Interviews with personnel at Rowan Elementary School revealed that the student arrived late to school on Nov. 29 and appeared "completely zoned-out, unable to concentrate and unaware of his surroundings."

Trazodone is a Class IV narcotic, not available without a prescription, used as an antidepressant medication to treat major depressive disorders — and not administered to people under the age of 18 without a doctor's approval.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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