Police: Lancaster woman arrested, infant had cocaine in system

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Police in Lancaster City have arrested a woman after her infant son was taken to the hospital and found to have cocaine in his system.

Lancaster County Children and Youth reportedly contacted police on March 19 after a six-month-old boy was admitted to Lancaster General Hospital and found to have cocaine in his system. The infant was then transferred to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for further treatment.

Medical experts at Penn State Hershey Medical Center determined the child could not have ingested the cocaine accidentally.

“It’s obviously an active case and really can’t go into much detail at this time, but she was charged because we believe that it was intentionally given to the child,” Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler said. “I don’t know what would possess anybody to do that to a 6-month-old…to any child.”

Police identified the baby’s mother as 24-year-old Tanya Marie Madden of the 100 block of N. Plum Street in Lancaster. Officials searched Madden’s home and found several clear plastic corner tied baggies, consistent with drug packaging matter. Police say one of the bags had white residue in the bag which tested positive for cocaine.

When the infant was first admitted police say the baby had high blood pressure, high levels or sodium and was suffering seizures. He has since been released and police say he is making significant improvements.

Police charged Madden with aggravated assault of a child, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors and possession of cocaine. She was arrested on Friday and committed to Lancaster County Prison on $250,000 bail.

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