CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Jarred Workman reviewed the autopsy results for his son, Kaleb Lowery, today outside his East Charlotte home. Kaleb’s life came to an end on July 22nd when he was pronounced dead at CMC Pineville.
Test results from the Medical Examiner’s Office show the nine month old died of an overdose of two drugs: an allergy medicine called Diphenhydramine or Benadryl and an antidepressant called Amitriptyline. It’s not clear how the drugs got into Kaleb’s system. The autopsy says, “It is highly unlikely that this represents an accidental ingestion of these substances.”
“It feels like I’ve got a stake through my heart,” said Jarred Workman.
Last month, Police charged Kaleb’s Grandmother, Charlene Workman, with involuntary manslaughter in his death. Investigators say she had a prescription for at least one of the drugs. The autopsy says Charlene Workman placed Kaleb in a car seat to sleep at her home near the Blakeney Shopping Center in South Charlotte. He remained there, according to investigators, until she found him unresponsive the next morning. “I’ve been told multiple times by multiple people that she…my stepmother Charlene Workman… has been out to hurt me, and she figures she could do it by doing this,” said Jarred Workman.
Jarred Workman thinks what happened to his son was intentional. “We want to know why she did what she did. Why she was trying to hurt us. Just because we didn’t get along… doesn’t mean you need to put an innocent child in harm’s way,” he said.
Charlene Workman posted bond and was released from jail on September 20th. Her next court date is November 14th.