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Ill twin is on mend
What caused sickness unclear
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Forsyth County News

 

A 4-year-old Forsyth County boy hospitalized in February after falling mysteriously ill is recovering, authorities said.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said the boy, whose name has not been released, is in the custody of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.

He said the boy will eventually be reunited with his twin brother and 3-year-old sister, who are also in state custody.

The child was taken Feb. 28 to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston after his mother reported he was unresponsive and having respiratory problems.

His two siblings were taken hours later, after the brother started showing similar symptoms. Unlike their brother, they were released shortly after they were evaluated.

Authorities have not determined what caused the children to fall ill.

Moss said test results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab are not yet available.

The children may have ingested some prescription medication that had been left out at the family' Burruss Road home, though authorities aren't sure.

They have, however, said the medication was not prescribed to either their mother, 29-year-old Laurel Corrine Gray, or her live-in-boyfriend, Michael Robert Conley.

Gray was arrested and charged by the sheriff’s office with one count each of each of reckless conduct, hindering the apprehension of a fugitive and tampering with evidence.

Conley, 27, was also charged with reckless conduct.

In addition, they were each charged with one count of possession of more than one ounce of marijuana and intent to distribute, as well as obstruction of an investigation.

Authorities have said Conley is not the children’s father.

He remains in custody at the Forsyth County Detention Center, while Gray has been released, a jail spokesman said. The bond amount could not be determined.

Investigators began looking into Conley and Gray after the children fell ill.

The charges stem from the investigation, which revealed the prescription medication had been left where the children could reach it.