Bensalem Baby Overdoses On Fentanyl, Parents Jailed
The Bensalem parents of a nine month old were jailed Tuesday for the fatal overdose of their child on powerful drug Fentanyl.
Maria Dolderer 24, and Michael Picardi 28 were charged with felony child endangerment on Tuesday and arraigned by District Justice Gallagher and sent to the Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of 10% of $200,000 bail.
Police responded to 2016 Finch Dr., for a report of a nine month old child in cardiac arrest on January 24 a short time before 11 pm.
Upon arrival, officers and Bensalem EMS took control of the child and began to provide care by administrating Narcan an anti overdose drug, with positive effect, police say.
Police said the couples apartment was unfurnished, dirty, and in disarray with multiple and various medication bottles throughout the apartment easily accessible to the child on the bed and floor. There was also an empty prescription bottle of acetaminophen with codeine found in the baby’s swing.
Follow-up investigation and medical testing revealed the child’s urine tested positive for Fentanyl. The child needed to be placed on a ventilator and administered more Narcan in order to prevent her death.
Additionally, a Narcan drip was required due to the high dose of Fentanyl the child ingested.
The child is currently at St. Christopher’s Hospital and is listed in stable condition currently.
Dolderer and Michael Picardi were both present on the evening of the overdose. They were uncooperative with police and refused to provide any logical explanation as to how their child suffered an overdose.
Both are currently scheduled for a preliminary hearings on February 11 In Bensalem District Court