VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A 2-year-old girl found dead in a Virginia Beach hotel room in August died of antihistamine toxicity, according to the medical examiner.
10 The On Your Side investigative team has learned that 2-year-old Lanoix Andrade died of acute diphenhydramine poisoning. According to National Library of Medicinediphenhydramine is an antihistamine typically used to relieve symptoms caused by allergies and the common cold.
The medical examiner determined that Lanoix’s death was a homicide. Her mother, Leandra Andrade, has been charged with second degree murder in her daughter’s death.
Lanoix was found dead and her mother unconscious at the Cutty Sark Motel on Atlantic Avenue just after 3:30 a.m. on August 1. Virginia Beach police responded to the hotel room after Leandra Andrade’s friend in Washington DC reported she had received text messages from the 38-year-old mother. Leandra Andrade also posted an Instagram post talking about her daughter in the past tense.
Virginia Beach Officers served a search warrant at the hotel on August 1 and seized an empty pill box, a glass bottle containing powder, a laptop computer, two cell phones and several USB keys. During a hearing on October 27, prosecutors said two bottles of sleeping pills were found empty in the hotel room – one contained 32 pills, the other 24.
Leandra Andrade was first charged with child neglect with grievous bodily harm; however, that charge was upgraded to second-degree murder on October 27 after the medical examiner ruled Lanoix’s death a homicide.
Lanoix’s father, Fabio Andrade, released the following statement after the October 27 hearing:
“Lanoix will always be the love of my life,” said Fabio Andrade. “While today’s charges will never bring my daughter back, I am grateful to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for seeking justice for her senseless murder. I look forward to justice being served for Lanoix and I continue to asking for privacy so I can mourn my beloved angel.
At the same hearing, Leandra Andrade was denied bail by a Virginia Beach judge. She is being held at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center.
A day before Lanoix’s death, her father Fabio Andrade had obtained temporary sole legal custody of her. Both parents received equal physical custody of the 2-year-old child. Both parents and Lanoix lived in Washington DC, and the 2-year-old was expected to be with her mother when they visited Virginia Beach this weekend.
Leandra and Fabio Andrade were separated and working in court to determine custody at the time of Lanoix’s death. Fabio Andrade told a Washington DC family court judge that he was concerned about his wife’s deteriorating mental health and feared for Lanoix’s safety.