Ambien Blamed for a Mother’s Child Abuse

A Colorado mother claims the sleeping drug Ambien caused her to abandon her two young sons in a van parked at a gas station. Ambien is one of many sleeping pills known to cause adverse side effects.

According to ABC News, Sarah Hatfield was charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse for leaving her two sons, ages 2 and 4, at a gas station. Hatfield and her husband claim that Ambien caused her amnesia, which she had been taking for two months prior to the incident.

“Ambien is a drug you're supposed to step down from and she didn't do that," said Hatfield’s husband. "If you step off it properly you're supposed to minimize those withdrawal side effects but she didn't so we believe that may be a cause because the timeline fits and the symptoms fit as well."

Hatfield is pleading not guilty to the charges. She claims that the effects of an Ambein withdrawal can last for months and is similar to what she experienced.

If you or someone you know reacted adversely to Ambien or anothersleeping pill, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation.


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