Pennsylvania mom, Brandi Baumgardner, injected heroin into her teen while she was too sick to inject herself
A Pennsylvania mother allegedly hooked her 14-year-old daughter on drugs, including heroin, and injected her with them hundreds of times when the teen was too sick to do it herself.
Philly.com reports investigators say Brandi Baumgardner, 38, began smoking marijuana with her daughter when she was just 12-years-old.
The girl, who is not being named to protect her identity, told authorities she began using harder drugs later, beginning her heroin habit at 14.
The Sunbury Daily Item reports the teen’s interviews with police also led to charges against a man she said traded her drugs for sex.
The allegations came to light while the teen was in counseling at Clear Vision, a residential treatment center in Montgomery.
The girl was interviewed in August at Clear Vision by state police investigators, and she told them she would become so “dope sick” that she was unable to inject herself.
She said Robert Thomas Hannick, 22, of Beaver Springs, would sometimes inject the drugs for her. The girl also told investigators that Hannick provided her with suboxone, a prescription drug for opioid dependence, in exchange for sex and that the pair had sex three times and engaged in sexual contact on another occasion.
Hannick was interviewed by state police in January. Questioned about the allegations, Hannick told a state police sergeant, “I know she was 14, that’s how I feel,” according to court documents. Hannick denied providing the girl with drugs, police said.
A preliminary hearing for Baumgardner is scheduled for June 21. Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.