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New Jersey mom sentenced for giving baby methadone, causing her death

Posted at 2:49 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 14:49:44-05
Lisa Scalia

Lisa Scalia, a New Jersey mom, gave her baby daughter methadone. Scalia then rolled over onto her daughter while sleeping.

MAYS LANDING, N.J. — A New Jersey woman who caused her 7-month-old daughter’s death by giving her methadone has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Atlantic County prosecutors say 33-year-old Lisa Scalia must serve nearly seven years of the term imposed Monday before she becomes eligible for parole. The Ventnor woman previously had pleaded guilty in court to aggravated assault as part of a plea deal.

Authorities have said Scalia gave her baby methadone in January of 2016 and also rolled onto the 7-month-old girl while she was high on drugs. They say the baby died from the methadone.

The child was found unconscious at Scalia’s home on Jan. 3, 2016 and died five days later at a hospital.

Authorities say Scalia had 34 bags of heroin and 10 oxycodone pills when they arrested her.