Mum's horror as she's probed for killing son, 4, who choked to death trying to swallow paracetamol tablet for toothache

A MOTHER is being investigated for manslaughter after her four-year-old son choked to death on a paracetamol given to him for toothache.

The young boy Pedro Augusto Gomes Silva went into cardiac arrest before dying in hospital in Botucatu, Brazil last week, four days after he was admitted.

Cops then discovered the mum gave her son half a tablet of paracetamol because he had a sore tooth.

According to the police report, the mother realised her son was choking then tried to remove the pill with her hand from his throat before the child started vomiting.

The emergency services found the boy in a state of cardiac arrest and rushed him to hospital where resuscitation procedures were performed en route, reports local news outlet G1.

Parademics reportedly performed the Heimlich manoeuvre – a procedure which involves abdominal thrusts – on the child before they arrived at the medical facility.

In hospital, the boy started to breathe again and his heart rate returned to normal.

Yet, on Saturday, his condition deteriorated and he reportedly suffered from kidney failure with doctors confirming his death at 10pm.

He was buried in Botucatu the following day.

The police now say his grieving mother, whose identity has not been released, is currently being investigated for manslaughter.


  • If you can see the object, try to remove it with your hand.
  • But, don't poke blindly or repeatedly with your fingers. You could make things worse by pushing the object further in
  • If your child's coughing loudly, encourage them to carry on coughing to bring up what they're choking on and don't leave them.
  • If your child's coughing isn't effective – it's silent or they can't breathe in properly – shout for help immediately and decide whether they are still conscious.
  • If the child is still conscious, but they're either not coughing or their coughing isn't effective, use back blows.
  • Back blows for babies under one-yearold
  • Sit down and lay your child face down along your thighs, supporting their head with your hand.
  • Give up to five sharp back blows with the heel of one hand in the middle of the back between the shoulder blades.
  • Back blows for children over one-year-old
  • Lay a small child face down on your lap as you would a baby.
  • If this isn't possible, support your child in a forward-leaning position and give five back blows from behind.
  • Source: NHS

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