Police: Toddler eats PCP-laced cigarette; mother faces charges

A 36-year-old mother faces charges after her 10-month-old daughter ingested parts of a cigarette laced with the recreational drug phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP, inside the family’s Cummings Street home, according to city police Agent Kevin G. Stiles.

Erica Moore, of 2211 Cummings St., was charged with recklessly endangering, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a controlled substance as a result of the incident that occurred in the late afternoon on Dec. 18, Stiles said.

Moore allegedly placed a PCP-laced cigarette on a coffee table in the living room, Stiles said in an affidavit.

“Moore walked out to the kitchen and when she walked back into the room, she saw her daughter had placed the cigarette in her mouth and was chewing on it,” Stiles said.

Moore immediately removed the cigarette from the toddler’s mouth, but “a short time later, the daughter started showing signs of being lethargic and went unresponsive,” Stiles said.

The mother rushed the toddler to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center just before 5 p.m. About 20 minutes later, Moore told the medical staff that the girl “ate PCP,” Stiles said.

After a urine test indeed showed signs of PCP in the girl’s system, doctors decided to transfer her to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The county’s Department of Children and Youth began investigating the case the next day.

No information was available Thursday night on the girl’s medical status. Moore has been sent a summons to appear for a preliminary hearing next week before District Judge James Carn.