Clearfield, PA – Three people are facing charges and the investigation is continuing after a 9-month-old baby tested positive for cocaine and amphetamines.
On Jan. 23 at their home along Montgomery Run Road in Clearfield, the little girl had been fed a bottle and put in her crib for the night, but started vomiting and shaking.
The mother asked the baby’s father, 32-year-old Joshua Root, to take the baby to the hospital.
This was around 9 p.m., though hospital records show that Root didn’t arrive at Penn Highlands DuBois until nearly midnight. There was also another man along with him.
The baby was evaluated and tested positive for cocaine and amphetamines. She was taken to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and was discharged two days later. She and her 3-year-old sister were both removed from the parents’ custody for now and placed with their grandparents.
The mother didn’t take a drug test until days later. The test showed signs of methamphetamine but was too low to be ruled as a positive. She refused to take a polygraph test about what had happened that night.
The mother of the baby girl has not been charged at this time. Both she and Root told police that someone must have slipped something into the baby’s formula. Joshua Root admitted that two other men had been at the home earlier that afternoon.
The 3-year-old girl was interviewed by CYS. She reportedly told the workers about how her sister had started throwing up and how “mommy got mad at dad” and started hitting him. The 3-year-old also reportedly said that “daddy keeps his stuff” on the coffee table and that two other people were at the home that night “being bad” in her dad’s workshop.
On Jan. 27, police conducted a search at the home in Clearfield. Drug sniffing dogs and officers found 14 empty stamp bags, drug paraphernalia, and a sawed-off 16-guage shotgun.
Joshua Root is currently charged with three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, though more charges could be on the way. His bail is set at $25,000.
22-year-old Zachary Tibbens of Latrobe was charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. During a search of Tibbens, an officer was injured by an exposed hypodermic needle. His bail is set at $10,000.
23-year-old Nicholas Rowles of Houtzdale was charged with felony intentional possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Police allegedly found meth and a loaded rifle in his truck. His bail is set at $10,000 unsecured.
Preliminary hearings for all three have been set for Feb. 7. As the investigation continues, more charges could still be filed against the men and anyone else who is found to have been involved.
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