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Pregnant Woman Who Overdosed On Heroin Charged With Assault Of Unborn Child

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Steve Birr Vice Reporter

Authorities charged a mother who injected and overdosed on heroin while seven-months pregnant with aggravated assault on an unborn child Wednesday.

Police responded to the home of Kasey Dischman, 30, in Pennsylvania June 23 after her boyfriend found her unconscious on the bathroom floor. Dischman was rushed to the hospital where she went into cardiac arrest. She was revived by emergency room doctors who successfully stabilized her. Doctors performed an emergency C-section Saturday at Mercy Hospital to deliver the baby, who is now on life support, reports CBS Pittsburgh.

The newborn girl has been declared brain dead, but a decision has yet to be made about taking the baby off life support.

“The baby is not doing good at all,” Lt. Eric Hermick with the Pennsylvania State Police told CBS Pittsburgh. “She was resuscitated once and she’s on a life support system now. Should the baby not survive, and we’ve talked to the [District Attorney], he’s leaning towards filing the criminal homicide charge.”

Dischman told police she found a heroin baggie under the couch and shot up in the bathroom. She also informed police she had just gotten out of jail on parole for theft five days earlier.

Emergency responders were initially misled by Dischman’s boyfriend, who told police she had a seizure condition. Police later found a needle in the home and only treated her for an overdose after finding opioids in her system at the hospital. Officials said if police were able to administer the overdose reversal drug Narcan at the scene, the outcome may have been different for the baby.

Dischman’s boyfriend, 36-year-old Andrew Lucas, is being held in the Mercer County Prison but has not been officially charged. Dischman and Lucas also have a 6-year-old daughter who was in the apartment during the overdose.

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