- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2020

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple was charged with felony child endangerment after their 9-month-old daughter overdosed on fentanyl last week, authorities said.

Maria Dolderer, 24, and Michael Charles Picardi, 28, of Bensalem, were also charged Tuesday with reckless endangerment. Bail for each parent was set at $500,000 and it wasn’t known Wednesday if either one had retained an attorney.

Emergency responders went to the couple’s home around 10:50 p.m. Friday after someone called 911. They administered naloxone - an opioid-overdose antidote- to the infant and she was taken to a hospital, where she remains in stable condition.

The child needed more naloxone once she arrived at the hospital and was also given a naloxone drip due to the high levels of fentanyl in her body.

Prescription medication bottles were scattered in areas of the home accessible to a child, authorities said, noting there also was an empty bottle of acetaminophen with codeine in the baby’s swing.



It’s not clear how or when the child ingested the fentanyl, which is a powerful synthetic opioid.

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