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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:20 pm | Updated: 1:19 am, Fri Dec 13, 2013.

RICHMOND — A Louisa County mother has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and child neglect in the death last spring of her 6-month-old son.

Officials at first thought the cause of death of Tyler Firth was sudden infant death syndrome, authorities said. But several months later, lab results indicated a lethal dose of Benadryl and high levels of Tylenol in the baby’s body.

The amount of Benadryl in the child’s body was four times as much as what already would have been a lethal dose, according to Louisa sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Sims.

Tristan T. Goodwin, 31, was indicted on the charges Nov. 6 and was arrested Dec. 4 after authorities had been trying to find her for about a month, officials said.

On March 19, rescuers and law enforcement officials were summoned to the home of Goodwin and 6-month-old Tyler, in the 1500 block of Roundabout Road, for a report that a boy had stopped breathing, authorities said.

Tyler was pronounced dead at University of Virginia Medical Center.

Sims said Goodwin has a bond hearing Monday in Louisa Circuit Court.

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