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Brandon Davis aged 2

Birmingham Social Services
Parents were well known to Social Services
Daily Mail
March 17, 2008

Arrests after toddler dies and his brothers are hospitalised after taking parents' methadone

Two men have been arrested after a two-year-old boy died after overdosing on his parents' methadone.

West Midlands Police said the men had been freed on bail pending further inquiries into the death of Brandon Davis, who died at Birmingham children's hospital, last Thursday.

Brandon's two brothers, who also swallowed the heroin substitute, were in hospital yesterday – one is seriously ill.

Detectives have refused to specify whether the arrested men are related to the children.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of neglect and a 33-year-old on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug.

It is thought the children took the drug after it was mistaken for cough mixture.

Methadone can save lives, but it has fatal properties

Doctors fought in vain to save Brandon. His three-year-old brother Lewis is said to be in a serious but stable condition. And three-month-old Kyle is said to be recovering in hospital in Birmingham.

The boys' parents are also understood to have been arrested by West Midlands Police.

Lewis and Kyle are under the care of Birmingham Social Services.

A hospital worker said: "Everyone is so moved and upset for these children.

"They have been under 24-hour guard by police since they came but we have since learned that their parents were well known to social services before this tragedy.

"A lot of people are asking how this has happened.

"It's terrible to think that these boys have had such a desperate start in life.

"I want to tell the world because it should never have happened at all if social services had done their job properly in the first place."

Methadone mimics the effects of heroin but it is less addictive and is widely used by addicts who are trying to combat their habit.

Like heroin, it produces feelings of euphoria and sedation. It is usually provided to addicts under the supervision of a pharmacist.

The drug comes in a green, liquid form. When taken in large doses it produces dangerous side-effects which can make the user vomit and struggle for breath.

A spokesman for Birmingham Children's Hospital confirmed that doctors were treating Lewis and Kyle.

Mar 18 2008
Birmingham Mail

FURTHER tests have been ordered on the body of a Birmingham toddler who is believed to have died from an overdose of methadone.

A post-mortem examination carried out on the body of two-year-old Brandon Davis yesterday to find out how the youngster died proved inconclusive, police said.

Brandon and two other boys were admitted to hospital last week after it was believed they had swallowed the drug.

Brandon died two days later. One of the other boys was later said to be in a stable condition and the other remained in hospital as a precaution.

A police spokesman said officers were in consultation with Birmingham Social Services "with regards the care for the boys once they are discharged from hospital".

"A post-mortem examination has been conducted, which proved inconclusive. Further tests are due to be carried out.

"West Midlands Police is in consultation with Birmingham Social Services with regards to care for the boys once they are discharged from hospital," he added.

Two men, aged 30 and 33, were arrested in connection with the incident and have been bailed pending further inquiries.