December 9, 2022

Antihistamine overdose cited as cause of death of 7-month-old girl at Aliamanu daycare


UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.

Dixie D. Villa first appeared before Judge Frances Wong in Honolulu District Court Family Court this morning after being charged with manslaughter in the death of 7-month-old Abigail Lobisch in Aliamanu .

Manslaughter is a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Lawyer David Hayakawa, who represents Villa, stood next to her during her initial court appearance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 2.

At around 10:45 a.m. on February 23, Lobisch’s mother, Anna Lobisch, dropped off her baby and two-year-old son in Villa Care in the Villa hotel room at the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina in the Morning. She was to watch over them until February 24.

Villa’s two children, along with Lobisch and his brother, spent the day by the pool, court documents say.

Lobisch’s mother told police she had received SMS updates throughout the day from Villa, including photos of her daughter in Aulani.

Villa left the hotel with the children around 5:30 p.m. and returned to her home at 4675 Ke Street at the Aliamanu Military Reserve.

She told police she applied lotion to them from Bath & Body Works because they got sunburned and took them to a room around 10 p.m. to sleep.

The next morning, Villa noticed that Lobisch’s skin looked “spotty” and “cold to the touch”. Court documents indicate that she called 911 and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Lobisch until rescuers arrived.

Lobisch’s mother said she texted Villa at 8:08 a.m. to confirm when she was picking up her children. Police said “Villa has responded for Lobisch” to come now. “

Lobisch was taken to the Tripler Army Medical Center and pronounced dead at 8:55 a.m.

Honolulu Police received Lobisch’s autopsy report on July 15 indicating that diphenydramine toxicity was the cause of death.

“Toxicology tests are carried out and positive for diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) at 2400 ng / mL in the blood,” documents indicated. “The mean blood concentrations of diphenhydramine reported in fatal overdoses were 1400 ng / mL in infants. “

Honolulu police on Tuesday reclassified the unsupervised death case as manslaughter.

Villa was Lobisch’s babysitter for around four to five months.

Lobisch’s mother described her baby as being healthy, in addition to having caught the flu several times.

The army oversees the Aliamanu military reserve. U.S. Army Hawaii spokesperson Dennis Drake declined to comment on the case today, noting that they were not commenting on ongoing investigations.

Drake said Honolulu Police are investigating the manslaughter case.

10:15 a.m.

Autopsy results revealed that the toxicity of diphenydramine was the cause of death of 7-month-old Abigail Lobisch, according to court documents released today.

“Toxicology tests are carried out and positive for diphenydramine (Benadryl®) at 2400 ng / mL in the blood”, indicate the documents. “The mean blood concentrations of diphenhydramine reported in fatal overdoses were 1400 ng / mL in infants. “

In the autopsy report, a doctor said children under the age of six should not be given diphenhydramine without consulting a doctor. “According to the over-the-counter label, when used for self-medication, diphenhydramine should not be used in children (under) 6 years of age, to put a child to sleep, or with any other product containing blood. diphenyhydramine (including topicals). “


A 40-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a 7-month-old girl at a home day care center on the Aliamanu military reserve.

Dixie D. Villa was charged over the weekend and has her bail set at $ 1 million.

She was arrested on Saturday and remained in custody Monday morning at the Honolulu Police Headquarters.

Police said the victim, Abigal Lobisch, was found unconscious by her babysitter. The Honolulu medical examiner’s office determined that the type of death was homicide.

According to the Military Times, Lobisch died in an unlicensed daycare on February 24. The daycare also took care of her two and a half year old brother.

The newspaper reported that Lobisch’s mother Anna Lobisch received a text on February 24 from the caregiver, a Navy wife, to “Please come now”.

Upon arrival, she saw Military Police, Honolulu Police, and an ambulance.

“They said, ‘I’m sorry, the babysitter found your daughter was not breathing,” Lobisch’s mother told the Military Times. “We tried to administer CPR, but she was too far gone. They couldn’t have done anything for her. reported that Abigail’s father was in the Army National Guard.

The army oversees the Aliamanu military reserve.

The US Army Garrison in Hawaii said that after Abigail’s death, the military launched an investigation into the policies, procedures and practices governing the management of home child care facilities at Army facilities. . An army official said the report was complete but the service had yet to release it.