Greenwood mother charged after daughter swallows prescription pills

A Greenwood mom faces charges after her 3-year-old daughter swallowed nearly two dozen pills that the woman planned to sell for cash.

Farris Joan Ryan

Farris Joan Ryan (September 28, 2012)

Greenwood, Ind.

A Greenwood mom faces charges after her 3-year-old daughter swallowed nearly two dozen pills that the woman planned to sell for cash.

Farris Joan Ryan is charged with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and felony neglect.

Greenwood police arrived at her apartment Thursday night after getting a call about an unresponsive child. Police found Ryan holding her daughter, who was immediately rushed to a hospital.

During questioning, Ryan told investigators her daughter ingested 21 Klonopin pills. The medication is a benzodiazepine, a type of prescription drug often abused.

Ryan said she was doing the dishes when she noticed her kids were quiet. When she checked on the 3-year-old girl, the child wouldn’t respond. Ryan noticed that her daughter was unsteady and couldn’t hold her head up.

The woman checked her bedroom and round an empty plastic bag that previously contained the pills. She tried to get her daughter to vomit before calling for help.

Ryan told police she didn’t have a prescription for the drug but got them from an acquaintance to deal with back pain. In a later interview with a DCS worker, Ryan changed her story, saying she’d obtained the pills in order to sell them. She also said she’d sold Klonopin in the past.
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