A man who was charged with giving a boy he was babysitting a powerful prescription drug to calm him down is sentenced to probation today.
Marshall Wayne Hall pleaded guilty to child endangerment and delivery or offering a dangerous drug.
He received two deferred sentences of 4 years each, to be served concurrently.
Police were called to the emergency room last year after the boy's mother called 9-1-1, and then officers went to the boy's home and Hall's home on Gay Street to investigate.
The mother told officers she had to leave on an emergency and asked her next-door neighbor, Marshall Hall, to watch her two children.
She said she returned about an hour later and noticed her two years old, who was usually very hyperactive, was unusually calm and was staring into space and bumping into walls.
She said she asked hall and he said he had given the boy a 5- milligram melatonin pill and nothing else but when the boy's condition didn't improve, her fiance asked again, and Halls' partner said Hall had actually given him a 50-milligram trazodone pill, an anti-depressant, and anti-anxiety drug.
Police say Marshall told them quote "I didn't shove the pill down his throat" and that the boy had vomited so he didn't think he ingested it anyway.
Police interviewed the child's older brother who said he heard Marshall say he gave the boy the pill to calm him down.
They say the mother also showed them texts in which Hall said he gave the two-year-old boy the pill.
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