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Mother arrested after one toddler died, one tested positive for OTC sleep meds

(Source: Harrison County Jail) (Source: Harrison County Jail)

According to the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, the mother of a twin toddler who died  recently has been arrested.

Officials say that the surviving 18-month-old twin child tested positive for adult-strength sleep medications as well as several other adult strength over-the-counter medications. The mother, April Gibbons, said in a statement to officials that she gave both twins adult sleep medications on February 12, which were deemed not suitable for the age of the children. 

Initially it was suspected that one child may have rolled over on the other child while they were sleeping. However, toxicology results have proven that was not the cause of death.

Investigator Black asked for two arrest warrants to be issued by JP Nancy George. George issued the two warrants for Abandon/Endangering a Child-Criminal Negligence, one for each twin. Gibbons was then arrested at her residence on Thursday, February 23, and was booked into the Harrison County jail. There was a $10,000 per charge surety bond on those warrants. 

Gibbons posted bond on the charges on Friday, officials said, and has been released. 

Investigation into the death of the twin child is ongoing and pending toxicology and autopsy results.

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