Woman from Glenwood found guilty in death of 8-year-old daughter

Woman from Glenwood found guilty in death of 8-year-old daughter
Misty Frazier of Glenwood, Iowa, was found guilty on Monday of child endangerment causing death in the death of her 8-year-old daughter. (MIKE BELL/WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE)

COUNCIL BLUFFS — A western Iowa woman who authorities say gave unprescribed antidepressants to her 8-year-old daughter has been found guilty of child endangerment resulting in death.

District Judge Susan Christensen handed down the verdict Monday to 34-year-old Misty Frazier of Glenwood, Iowa. Sentencing is set for Aug. 23.

Christensen found Frazier not guilty of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and of a prescription drug violation.

Prosecutors say an autopsy showed the girl, Kathleen Tafta, died in October 2016 of an overdose of the antidepressant amitriptyline, commonly sold under the brand name Elavil.

Police say the child did not have a prescription for that medication.

Police and emergency medical workers were called to Frazier’s house on Oct. 19, 2016, to find Kathleen unconscious and unresponsive but breathing.

Frazier sat in the front seat as emergency responders took the girl to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs.

“She said no words during the ride to the hospital. She did not tell paramedics about her daughter’s amitriptyline prescription,” Christensen said. “The paramedic testified if he had known (Kathleen) was on amitriptyline, he could have started a sodium bicarbonate IV drip to help her. It could have made a difference.”

Frazier’s attorney, Joseph Reedy, said part of Frazier’s actions stemmed from her intellectual impairment — a lower-than-average IQ of 63.

Reedy said Monday that Frazier plans to appeal the verdict.

This report includes material from the Associated Press.

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