Bad Drug Reaction Blamed for Woman’s Assault of Daughter
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have dropped charges against a Falcon Heights mom accused of choking her 8-year-old daughter after doctors determined the incident stemmed from the mother's bad reaction to asthma medication.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports 31-year-old Jozetta Ranay Byrd was in jail for four months on charges of attempted murder and assault. The Ramsey County attorney's office said it was dropping charges in a June 19 motion "in light of the defendant's involuntary intoxication" when the incident happened.
Byrd's attorney, Mark Todd, says it was a "substance-induced psychotic episode." He says she was prescribed a steroid she had never taken after an asthma flare-up in early February, and the reaction was so severe that she wasn't able to "determine right from wrong."