PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh woman and her male housemate have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after a blood test showed the woman’s 18-month-old daughter had drugs in her system when she died last week.
The pair had previously been charged with endangering the toddler. The Allegheny County district attorney’s office added the charges against Sondra Rector, 24, and William Kablach, 62, because a blood test from the body of the child, Naveah Andiorio, has come back positive for opiates.
Investigators charged the pair with endangering the welfare of a child on June 18, a day after the girl died.
Rector told police she woke up from doing heroin to find the girl unresponsive in a room where Rector said she had left a syringe and some individual-dose bags of heroin. Kablach had also left — and couldn’t later find — a 100 mg morphine pill that Rector told police he had bought “on the street,” police said.
Heroin and morphine are both opiates and investigators are awaiting additional test results they hope will pinpoint whether the girl died of either or both drugs.
Kablach was free after posting $150,000 bond on the new charge. His attorney didn’t return a call for comment.
Rector was free on the earlier charge, and had yet to be arraigned on the newer manslaughter charge Wednesday. Court records don’t list an attorney and relatives have declined to comment or not returned calls.
Police haven’t described the relationship between Rector and Kablach, who owned the home where the baby died and both he and Rector were living, according to Allegheny County property records.
Rector is also awaiting a preliminary hearing on prostitution and drug charges stemming from an unrelated April arrest.