Dad arrested after 2-year-old overdoses on Ativan

Joshua Richard Smith
Joshua Richard Smith

A London man was arrested after his 2-year-old daughter overdosed on an anxiety medication Friday afternoon.

The Laurel County sheriff’s office said the toddler managed to get and take about 18 Ativan pills while being cared for by her father, Joshua Richard Smith, 30.

The sheriff’s office said Smith did not call 911 or try to get medical help for the child. When the girl’s mother came home and found her ill, she called 911 and met emergency medical responders to have the child taken to the hospital. She was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in London and then transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital by helicopter.

Smith did not accompany the child’s mother and her parents to the emergency room.

Deputies found Smith, who they said was under the influence, driving east on Ky. 192. When they tried to get information from him, the sheriff’s office said he “created a disturbance near a business and cursed deputies.”

He was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. and taken to the Laurel County Detention Center on charges of first-degree criminal abuse of a child, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and menacing, among other traffic-related charges.