Jury: York County mom gave opioids to 4-year-old daughter

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A former York County woman is locked up and awaiting sentencing after jurors convicted her of giving opioids to her 4-year-old daughter to make the child sleep.

A jury on Wednesday, Jan. 17, found April Renee Rose guilty of opioid possession with intent to deliver, child endangerment and reckless endangerment, according to court records.

April Rose

Presiding Common Pleas Judge Gregory M. Snyder revoked Rose's bail after the verdict and remanded her to York County Prison to await her sentence.

Sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26 for the 28-year-old Rose, who now lives in Wabash, Indiana, according to court records.

Her daughter no longer lives with her, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office.

The background: The incident happened at Rose's former Conewago Township home on Kentwell Drive on Dec. 2, 2016, according to Northern York County Regional Police.

At the time, Rose and her little girl lived with a woman originally identified as her mother, but who authorities said was the mother of Rose's now-ex-fiance.

The woman overheard Rose telling the girl, "Take this," and heard the girl say, "No. It's yucky," according to court documents.

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

The ex-fiance's mother investigated and found white, powdery residue on the bathroom sink, according to police.

She confronted Rose and asked Rose what she had given the child, but Rose said she'd given her daughter nothing, according to police.

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

Hospital visit: The ex-fiance's mother 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, court documents state.

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

The child was taken into protective custody, police said at the time.

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