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Posted on: December 31, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Lancaster Mother Sentenced for Infant Son’s Cocaine Overdose

A Lancaster mother was recently sentenced for administering cocaine to her infant son, which caused him to overdose.

Tanya Marie Madden will serve the next 14 months on parole, followed by 8 years of probation, in accordance with a plea agreement.

Madden served about 9 months in Lancaster County Prison, according to Assistant District Attorney Christopher Sarno, lead prosecutor.

Madden, 25, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault and related misdemeanors in exchange for the sentence. She also must pay $33,348 in restitution for the boy’s medical bills, Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker ordered.

Madden is prohibited from having contact with the child. The boy has recovered and is in his father’s care.

The boy was 7 months old when he was admitted to a local hospital in March for the overdose, which caused seizure. The boy was eventually transferred to Hershey Medical Center. Doctors there determined the boy ingested cocaine, not accidentally, but rather was forced to ingest it.

Police searched Madden’s North Plum Street apartment and found plastic baggies with cocaine residue.

Officers determined Madden had sole custody of the child when he ingested the cocaine.

Lancaster city police Detective Gareth Lowe filed charges.

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