Sunday, August 30, 2015

Couple charged in death of baby who ingested heroin

The body of an 8-month-old boy was found in a Route 1 motel room with his drug-addict parents and two other young children, police said.

Couple charged in death of baby who ingested heroin

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An 8-month-old boy found dead in a Bensalem Township motel room had ingested drugs, and his parents were being held Friday in Bucks County prison on endangerment charges, authorities said.

Thomas Krolikowski, 22, of the 6000 block of Torresdale Avenue, and Colleen Gallagher, 25, of the 7000 block of Charles Street, are admitted heroin addicts, according to court records.

They were each being held on $100,000 bail, on charges of recklessly endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An autopsy found morphine in the boy’s body, police said, but the cause of death is undetermined, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office said.   

According to the police account in the affidavit of probable cause:

Police responded to a call of an unresponsive baby at the Neshaminy Inn Motel on Route 1 on July 3, and found the boy on a makeshift bed on the floor. They performed CPR, but the boy, identified as T.K., was pronounced dead.

The officers found syringes, empty heroin bags and a spoon used to cook heroin within reach of the boy and the couple’s two other young children.

The family had been living in motel rooms along Route 1 for about a month. Krolikowski said he didn’t know what had happened to the baby “because he was in and out of the motel room throughout the night waiting for his drug dealer to arrive with more heroin.”

Both parents submitted to blood tests, which found morphine in their systems. Heroin metabolizes into morphine, the county crime lab toxicologist reported.  

The couple were not arraigned until Thursday because police were waiting for the medical examiner’s report  and to determine the proper charges,  a department spokesman said.

The spokesman could not say who is caring for the couple’s other two children.  

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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