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Grandmother in trouble after toddler overdoses on prescription pills

Carla Lutes faces drug charges after police found marijuana and prescription pills she could not produce a prescription for in her home. Carla Lutes faces drug charges after police found marijuana and prescription pills she could not produce a prescription for in her home.
Jantzen Wilson says she feels like this was just an accident and that her mother would never hurt her granddaughter. Jantzen Wilson says she feels like this was just an accident and that her mother would never hurt her granddaughter.
It is unclear what kind of pills the little girl took, as police continue to investigate. It is unclear what kind of pills the little girl took, as police continue to investigate.
Doctors soon told Wilson, Kylie would be fine. Doctors soon told Wilson, Kylie would be fine.
Kylie, 16 months, was taken to a St. Louis hospital after ingesting prescription pills. Kylie, 16 months, was taken to a St. Louis hospital after ingesting prescription pills.

DEXTER, MO (KFVS) - A mother rushed her 16-month-old girl to the hospital to learn the toddler managed to take prescription drugs. Now, the little girl's grandmother is in serious trouble, and mother Jantzen Wilson waits to learn if Kylie, who was taken by Child Services, will be returned to her.  

"I was shocked," said Wilson. "I don't know what to think."

Still she feels like the whole ordeal was an accident.

"I always trust my mother with Kylie," said Wilson. "Now I just want Kylie back, I'll do whatever it takes."

Last Wedneday, Wilson's mother, Carla Lutes was watching Kylie as she normally does when Wilson goes to night class. 

Wilson says her mother called two hours before she was suppsoed to pick up her daughter.

"She said 'I've taken my sleeping medicine. Do you want to come get her,'" said Wilson. Wilson says her mother told her the little girl was fine.

"I told her yes, we would come get her," said Wilson.

Wilson says a family friend went to get Kylie, and according to Wilson, as soon as he returned with her daughter, she knew something was wrong.

"I tried to wake her up," said Wilson. "She would not wake up no matter what I did. Her pupils were tiny, and her eyes were glassy."

Wilson says she put two and two together.  She says she guessed Kylie had somehow swallowed some of her mother's pills.

"I was scared to death," said Wilson.

She rushed Kylie to a local hospital where doctors found pill fragments in the little girl's stomach. Immediately, they flew her to Barnes Children's Hospital in St. Louis.

"I just kept telling her to stay strong," said Wilson.

Doctors soon told Wilson, Kylie would be fine. But that's when the trouble started for her grandmother. Dexter Police searched her home and found pills that Lutes could not produce a prescription for and marijuana.

Lutes now faces charges of possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. She currently does not face any charges relating to what happened to her granddaughter.

Dexter Police Chief Sammy Stone says this case should serve as a warning to everyone to make sure pills are kept away from children.

"If you've got children around, I don't care if they are 16 months or 16 years old, keep the pills where they can't get to them." said Chief Stone.

As for Wilson, she calls her mother her best friend.  She says she would never hurt her granddaughter, and she feels like this was just an accident.  She says they are a loving family, and now, they focus on convincing authorities to put Kylie back in her care.

"I'm a good mother. I love my daughter," said Wilson. "I have witnesses that will stand up and say that now, and that I will continue to be."  

Wilson is due in court Tuesday to try and get Kylie back. What kind of pills Kylie took is still unkown as police continue to investigate. More charges are possible.

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