Police: West York parents did drugs around newborn
The parents of a hospitalized newborn remain locked up for allegedly endangering the infant by having drugs and drug paraphernalia strewn about their West York home, according to charging documents.
The baby girl's mother, 25-year-old Lauren A. Kritzberger, admitted she tried to breastfeed the baby despite her drug use, those documents allege.
Kritzberger and the baby's father, Christopher R. Snoots, 25, both of 1576 W. King St., were in York County Prison Tuesday on $50,000 bail each, charged with child endangerment, possession of controlled substances, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Kritzberger's bail conditions forbid her to have contact with her baby, according to court records.
West York Police Officer Scott Musselman said the infant remained at York Hospital Tuesday for testing and observation, and confirmed the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families has been notified. Charging documents indicate the baby suffered a seizure.
Musselman went to the couple's home about 8:15 a.m. Sunday for a reported cardiac arrest of a 1-week-old, according to charging documents he later filed against the couple.
Baby hospitalized: The infant was conscious when the officer arrived, but something didn't seem right with the baby, and she was taken by ambulance to York Hospital, police said.
"While on scene, I could smell a strong odor of marijuana inside (the) apartment and observed that the apartment was in a general state of disarray, unorganized and convincingly unfit for a newborn," Musselman wrote. "I also noted that throughout my brief interaction with both parents, they seemed dazed and not completely coherent."
The officer also noted in documents that he found a marijuana grinder with some pot in it, a baggie with pot residue and a torn baggie with white powdery residue, at which point he scanned the apartment "to determine if, in fact, an offense had occurred which led to the infant's current condition."
On the bedroom floor he spotted a cardboard cereal box with pot and a pot pipe in it, and next to it he saw an Exacto knife and a metal snorting spoon with white powdery residue on it, according to documents. Musselman write that he also spotted a pink container with powder in it.
Kritzberger admitted the drug-related items were hers, and that the pink container held ecstasy, documents allege.
Celebrating: Snoot said he habitually smokes pot to calm his nerves and said he and Kritzberger agreed to take ecstasy, called Molly, "as a way to celebrate (their) recent birthdays and childbirth," documents state. The couple share a Feb. 8 birthday, documents state, and their daughter was born Feb. 6.
Snoots said he and Kritzberger took the ecstasy and smoked pot while their baby slept.
"(They) seemed to believe that because they didn't actively do it in the same room as (their baby) or while (the) infant was awake, it somehow made it more acceptable," Musselman wrote. "Kritzberger also admitted that once awake and before (calling) 911, she smoked marijuana a couple more times in the bathroom ... to calm herself down, as she was panicked about the condition of her child.
"She also has been attempting to breastfeed the child, which she admitted was not in the child's best interest because of her drug use," documents state.
The infant was admitted to York Hospital's neonatal intensive-care unit, where doctors preliminarily thought the baby suffered a seizure, but were unsure why, according to documents.
At the county's central booking unit, sheriff's deputies found a bag of pills in Kritzberger's bra, including 65 lorazepam pills and 28 Adderall pills, documents allege.
Asking for help: Overwhelmed parents can call The Lehman Center at 400 W. Market St. in York City day or night for emergency respite care for children under 7, or to learn about the many other services offered to parents and caregivers by the center.
Reach The Lehman Center, which is part of the Children's Aid Society, by calling (800) 635-6619 or (717) 845-5771, or online at www.cassd.org/lehman-center.
The center is available 24 hours a day to help parents in crisis.
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