Fairfield woman charged with stealing child's medication, replacing with aspirin

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Michelle M. Phelan, 41, of 875 Mill Hill Road was arrested Saturday for allegedly entering a neighbor’s home and exchanging the neighbors’ child’s prescription medication with low-dose aspirin, police said.

On Oct. 27, a resident of Mill Hill Road reported to the Fairfield Police Detective Bureau that her home was burglarized by a neighbor. The resident told police that over the past month, she and her husband noticed that their child’s prescription capsules were vanishing from a cabinet in their kitchen. They decided to install a surveillance camera, which showed Phelan entering the home on Oct. 27 at approximately 9:50 a.m., when the residents were not at home.

According to police, Phelan was seen on the tape walking to the kitchen cabinet, opening a prescription bottle, and removing pills before leaving the home. The resident checked the bottle and noticed that six capsules were tampered with.

Police investigated and found that Phelan had opened capsules of medication prescribed for the neighbors’ child, and replaced the medication in the capsules with ground-up, low-dose aspirin. Phelan reportedly took the medication for her own consumption.

The parents had already given the child some of the capsules Phelan altered by the time they figured out the medication had been tampered with.

Police charged Phelan with illegal possession of a controlled substance, risk of injury to a minor, burglary, and larceny. She was released after posting $15,000 bond and given a court date of Nov. 11.


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