VIRGINIA: Seven children hospitalized after receiving sleeping pills

A houseful of unsupervised children in Virginia were given sleeping pills by another child, causing them to be hospitalized Wednesday night, police said.

Hopewell police were called to a home on South 16th Street around 5:30 pm where they found four children, ages 1 to 4, unresponsive. Three other children found in another part of the house were awake but lethargic. The age of the children is unknown.

Investigators said the pill bottle found had no label. However, after questioning the 7-year-old and consulting with doctors, they were able to determine that the medication was sleeping pills, the station reported.

Lt. Cheyenne Casale of the Hopewell Police Department said the children were left alone for a short period of time and that one of the children who had the prescribed medication “got into it and shared with the other children here. It was not immediately clear if the medication was prescribed for the 7-year-old.

The seven children were taken to a hospital and the two youngest were later transferred to another hospital in serious condition.

“I don’t know the details of their treatment, but some are being transferred to other hospitals for further treatment,” Casale said.

The adult supervising the children left to go to a store and called 911 upon returning to find the children. It was not immediately clear the adult’s relationship to the children or if he was facing any charges.