Police: Mom gave 4-year-old opioids to make her sleep

Liz Evans Scolforo
  • April Rose was supposed to move to Texas. Instead, she's in prison and her child is in protective custody.

A Conewago Township woman who was planning to move out of state with her 4-year-old daughter is instead in York County Prison for allegedly giving her child some sort of opioid to make her sleep, according to police.

The little girl was taken into protective custody and is now staying with a family member, charging documents state.

April Rose

April Renee Rose, 27, of Kentwell Drive, is locked up on $20,000 bail, charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and reckless endangerment.

Rose and her child live with Rose's mother, who told police that about 7 p.m. Friday, she overheard her daughter and granddaughter in the home's bathroom.

She said she heard Rose tell the girl, "Take this," and heard the girl say, "No, it's yucky," charging documents state.

Rose then told her little girl, "I don't care, take it anyway. It will help you sleep," documents allege.

The grandmother investigated and found "white, powdery residue" on the bathroom sink, according to Northern York County Regional Police.

It 'tasted bad': The grandmother confronted Rose and asked Rose what she had given the child, "to which Rose replied 'nothing,'" documents state.

The grandmother then took the girl to York Hospital's emergency department, police said. On the drive there, the girl said her mother had given her something that "tasted bad" and made her stomach hurt, according to documents.

At the hospital, the girl's urine tested positive for opiates, and she was treated, charging documents allege.

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York Hospital notified the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families, which notified Northern Regional Police, according to documents.

It was determined that Rose had intended to move to Texas this week, police said.

Instead, her child was removed from her custody and Rose was taken to prison, documents indicate.

It is unclear whether Rose has retained an attorney.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.