Children removed from Charleroi home
A Charleroi woman was arrested and her children taken into protective custody Wednesday after police allegedly found stamp bags commonly used to package heroin in her cockroach-infested home.
Six children – ages 2 to 12 – were taken away Wednesday by Washington County Children and Youth Services.
Brooke Ashlee Dills, 34, of 730 Lookout Ave., was charged with endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person and possession of drug paraphernalia 10:59 p.m. Wednesday, Charleroi Regional Police reported.
Police responded after Washington County 911 received an anonymous report of screaming and arguing coming from the residence.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, police saw cockroaches and animal excrement in the house and on a porch roof. Police said cockroaches were found in a bedroom where the children were sleeping.
Although Dills told police the children had just been bathed, the children's clothing and feet were dirty, the affidavit stated.
Police allegedly found empty stamp bags on a shelf in a closet in one bedroom and several empty stamp bags in a garbage bag in another bedroom.
Diphenhydramine pills were found scattered on the floor near the children, according to the affidavit. The drug commonly is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching and other cold or allergy symptoms.
Diphenhydramine is also used to treat motion sickness, to induce sleep and to treat certain symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Dills was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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