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Parents Arrested After Infant Has a Fentanyl Overdose In Bensalem



Maria Dolderer

Michael Picardi

By Alex Lloyd Gross

A nine month old child almost died after he  injested Fentanyl inside an apartment on Finch Drive in the Frankilin Commons Apartments.  According to police, they got called for a report of an overdose and found the baby unresponsive and near death.  Narcan was administered which helped a little bit, police said.

The apartment was unfurnished and dirty. There were multiple different medication bottles throughout the apartment in areas that would be accessible to the child.  Officers observed multiple prescription bottles lying on the bed and floor. There was also an empty prescription bottle of acetaminophen with codeine found in the baby’s swing.

As the baby was transported to the hospital, more advanced lifesaving procedures were implemented, such as placing the infant on a ventilator. A Narcan drip was administered due to the high volume of Fentanyl in the baby’s system.

The child’s parents, Maria Dolderer and Michael Picardi were both present on the evening of the overdose.  They were uncooperative with police and refused to provide any logical explanation as to how their child suffered an overdose.  Both parents were charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Felony of 2nd degree).


Alex Lloyd Gross
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