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A woman has been charged with child endangerment and drug offenses by city police.
Audrey A. Hines, 24, of Carrollton, Texas, has dropped the lawsuit. The charges included endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment, possession of controlled substances – possession of a small plastic bag tied with white residue, a black butane torch, numerous pieces of aluminum foil with burn marks, a cut blue straw for sniffing, an empty white bottle wax heroin bag and a small plastic bag.
City police said on Dec. 13, 2021, at 6 p.m., they responded to 429 Brandon Ave. for an unresponsive 2 year old.
Officers were then dispatched to UPMC Williamsport regarding the same child for a drug overdose.
The officer responded to the hospital and spoke with the mother, Hines, who said while her baby girl was sleeping upstairs she took her two-year-old son outside to play with his cars in the dirt . Hines said when she looked at the baby monitor to check on her daughter, she noticed her son had a white stone in his mouth. Hines then said she used her thumb and index finger to form a circle, showing the approximate size of the white rock.
Hines said she put her fingers in her son’s mouth and pulled the white rock out of his mouth. She said that when she held the white rock in her fingers, the rock began to crumble into powder. Hines said she then tasted the white rock and said “it was bitter” “I thought it was drugs” the affidavit stated.
After assuming that his son had just ingested drugs, Hines continued to allow his son to play until he began to yawn as if tired. Hines then took her son into the living room and waited to call 911 until the 2-year-old became unresponsive.
Likewise, on August 3, 2021, Hines’ 2-year-old son overdosed inside the residence at 429 Brandon Ave. due to ingestion of a morphine pill.
The 2-year-old’s father, Drew Barasky, admitted to officers that the morphine pills were his.
Both incidents occurred at the same address under the same parental supervision, police said.
On December 14, 2021, police requested a search warrant for 429 Brandon Ave., which was granted by District Judge Jon Kemp.
Two officers made contact with the owner of the residence, Tammy Casella. Casella said the only occupants inside at the time were Hines’ second child and Casella’s daughter.
Before Casella left the residence, officers asked which room belonged to Audrey Hines. Casella said the first bedroom up the stairs was hers.
Three officers then proceeded to search the residence. The search revealed two amphetamine pills, 13 pieces of burnt aluminum foil with brown residue, a blue shooting straw, a white wax (heroin) bag, a transparent bag containing white residue and other tools /accessories for ingesting narcotics.
Everything found in the search was found in Hines’ bedroom, which was the bedroom Casella confirmed was Hines’ bedroom, police said.