Man, 26, accused of drugging six-year-old Independence girl to make her calm down

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Brant Elliot

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence man is charged in Jackson County with endangering the welfare of a child because prosecutors say he gave a six-year-old child a pill not prescribed to her.

Brant Elliot, 26, was asked to watch the six-year-old girl while her father was at work. Elliot is the father’s brother-in-law and had been living with him.

According to the probable cause statement, the victim had spent the day at her father’s house. The victim’s mother was unable to reach the father, so she went over to his home.

When she arrived, she reportedly found Elliot with her daughter, who was acting confused and unbalanced when she walked.  The mother confronted Elliot about the reason, at which time the mother says Elliot turned to the girl and asked her if she had taken any pills.

The mother says she insisted Elliot explain what he meant by that, but says he instead left the residence.

The mother says she then took her daughter to the hospital and on the way, says her daughter told her that Elliot had given her several pills.

Detectives then talked to Elliot about the accusations. According to documents, Elliot told them that the Lunesta pill he left on the coffee table was missing and he believes the victim took it.

Later police say Elliot told them the girl was complaining about a runny nose so Elliot gave her two Tablespoons and one pill of allergy medication. When they questioned him about the Lunesta sleeping pill, police say Elliott admitted that the girl was running in and out of the house, falling down and not listening to him.  He told police he just wanted her to go to sleep for a while, so he gave her the sleeping pill.

The alleged crime occurred on Saturday, Sept. 20 at about 11 a.m.


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