Severn, MD- On January 11, 2020, at approximately 12:05 p.m., Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to the 8200 block of Saint Francis Drive in Severn, Maryland. According to police reports, the complainant advised that she discovered her nanny of one year, Shannon Michelle Emery, 39, of Sunderland, had given her 2-year-old unknown pills. It is reported that the child has a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which required surgery when the child was just 4 months old.

According to an application for statement of charges obtained by Southern Maryland Chronicle, Emery is seen on camera sitting next to the toddler on the family room sofa. In the video, it is seen that Emery is seen putting an unknown white pill on to a freeze pop and then feeding the freeze pop to the child. According to the child’s mother, after she was fed the freeze pop, the child fell asleep for hours.

On an earlier date, January 8, 2020, the mother and child were in the kitchen, and the mother asked the toddler where her juice was. It was reported that the child pushed the sippy cup over to her mother, but did not want what was in the cup. The mother, upon opening the cup, discovered the juice was red and asked her daughter what was in the cup. According to the child, she told her mother it was Gatorade. When the mother went to empty the cup to put lemonade in it, she discovered two unknown white pills come out with the juice.

Authorities collected the residue to have it tested. According to Forensic Chemist Brady Lusk, the residue that was recovered from the cup was Diphenhydramine, also known as Benadryl. According to the toddler’s mother, the nanny did not have permission to administer any medication to the child, except for children’s Tylenol as needed, due to the complex heart condition of the toddler. Southern Maryland Chronicle reached out to the family of the toddler but had not returned a request for comment at the filing of this story.

Shannon Emery has been charged with Child Abuse, 2nd Degree, Neglect of a Minor, and Reckless Endangerment. If convicted of all 3 charges, Emery faces up to 25 years in jail and/or $10,000 in fines. She was initially held without bond. As of the filing of this bond, Emery is out on a $10,000 bond. Stay with Southern Maryland Chronicle as we follow and provide updates to this story.

Suzanne Copeland

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