Coral Springs child's death from pills ruled homicide

Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Authorities say the death of a 4-year-old boy whose mother gave him a prescription sleeping medication has been ruled a homicide.

Coral Springs police say Nicholas Odze died Sept. 10 in the family's apartment. The death was ruled a homicide on Wednesday.

Police say the mother gave the boy Lunesta the night before because he'd had trouble sleeping. She also told police she later found the boy in the bathroom with several open prescription pill bottles.

The Broward Medical Examiner's Office also found prescription pain medication in the child's body.

No charges have been filed, but the investigation continues.

An attorney for the boy's parents says they are devastated by the loss and would never have intentionally harmed their son.

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