An autopsy reveals overdose on fish oil pills kills a 7-year-old girl

UPDATE: 5:07 p.m.

— A 7- year-old Colorado girl died from an overdose of fish oil capsules that she ingested during a pregnancy, according to the Denver County coroner.

The autopsy found that the girl ingested two pills containing ethyl methyl methoxycinnamate, a drug that is often used as a birth control pill, and one pill containing ethinyl estradiol, which is commonly used as an anti-inflammatory.

The girl died Monday afternoon at the Children’s Hospital of Denver, coroner’s spokesman Chris Brown said.

A doctor who treated the girl said the girl had been taking the pills in the last few weeks.

She also had a history of depression and anxiety, Brown said, adding that the child was “very much in need of mental health support.”

A spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Health said it is “aware of the report and will be conducting an independent review of the incident.”

She said the department is working with the family to “explore the circumstances that led to this tragic situation.”

She did not elaborate on what could have led to the child’s death.

Colorado is one of a handful of states that allow parents to legally purchase fish oil supplements, but not as long as they are purchased by the age of 18.

Fish oil capsules are considered the most effective form of birth control for the entire reproductive age, and the pills can cause serious side effects including high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney damage.

The Associated Press is not naming the child because she is a minor.

Her father, a former police officer in Denver, said he learned of her death Monday evening.

He said he didn’t think anything was wrong with her because her parents have been using the supplements for several years and were not prescribed anything else.

The boy’s family had been living in Colorado and had a son, who is now 17.

They had been planning to move back to Colorado to be closer to his mother.

The AP is not identifying the boy because he is a juvenile.