Mother Dies, Father Arrested after Overdosing in Child’s Hospital Room

The couple's daughter had just completed a double-stage laryngotracheal reconstruction at the hospital.
Published: January 13, 2016

A mother is dead and a father is in jail after police say the couple overdosed in their child’s Cincinnati hospital room Jan. 6.

MaryAnn and Wesley Landers were found unconscious in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center just hours after their youngest child, who is less than a year old, had successful surgery, according to

Police say MaryAnn, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene while Wesley, 32, was taken into custody. Police found a handgun and three syringes in Wesley’s pockets, although his attorney claims he never intended to use the weapon.

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Wesley was charged with carrying concealed weapons, possession of drugs, having weapons while under disability and possessing drug abuse instruments.

Cincinnati Children’s does not allow guns on its property and said it is reevaluating its security measures as a result of the incident. The hospital staffs a Cincinnati police officer at its main location 24 hours a day.

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