CHICAGO (AP) — A jury has awarded $18.5 million to the family of a northwestern Indiana boy who a lawsuit claims was born with disabilities after doctors at a Chicago hospital prescribed inappropriate medication to his mother.

The Cook County court lawsuit says Charles Muhammad of Merrillville was born in 2006 with a buildup of fluid in the brain, spina bifida and other permanent impairments.

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The Chicago Tribune reports the lawsuit blames doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for prescribing the drug Depakote to his mother before and during her pregnancy to treat mental illness.

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Northwestern spokesman Christopher King declined to comment on the verdict.

Muhammad family attorney Marvin Brustin says Charles is now 12 but has the mental capacity of a 5- or a 6-year-old. Brustin says Charles will have lifelong medical bills.

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