2 charged in death of tot who may have taken drugs
PITTSBURGH – A man and woman were charged Wednesday with endangering the welfare of her toddler daughter, who was found unresponsive and later died, possibly from ingesting drugs that police say the adults had left out.
Sondra Rector, 24, and William Kablach, 62, were released on bond after their arraignments. Rector, who police said confessed to using heroin before she woke up to find her 18-month-old daughter Nevaeh Andiorio, unresponsive Tuesday night, was also charged with possessing heroin.
The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said results of an autopsy are pending toxicology tests that could take weeks to complete. That office spelled the girl’s first name as Naveah.
Police didn’t describe the relationship between Rector and Kablach, who is listed as the owner of the home in Allegheny County property records.
According to criminal complaints, Rector said Kablach woke her up about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to see if she wanted dinner.
“Sondra was in the process of waking up and noticed that Neveah was not moving,” police said in the complaint.
According to the complaint, Rector yelled for Kablach to call 911 but, instead, he frantically looked around the room and yelled, “Did you pick up that pill?” Rector later told police that Kablach had placed a 100 mg morphine pill on an end table near a chair “and that Nevaeh was sitting on that chair directly before laying down in the bed for their nap,” the complaint said.
Rector said Kablach told her he bought the pill “off the street,” according to the complaint.
Rector, meanwhile, told police she had used heroin before taking her nap and had left some other stamp bags – or individual doses – of the drug and a syringe near the child, police said.
The adults called 911 at about 9:25 p.m. Neveah was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where she was pronounced dead.
Police Commander RaShall Brackney said homicide or other charges could be filed depending on what the autopsy and related toxicology tests show.
“Even if we were able to determine the cause and nature of death, you would still want the toxicologies in order to assist you in applying the correct charges,” Brackney said.
Online court records don’t list attorneys for Rector or Kablach. A phone at the home was disconnected.
Rector is also awaiting a preliminary hearing on prostitution and drug charges stemming from an April arrest.