Comments Off on Tory Lyn Schlier, 20, of Lehighton, charged in death of her 6-week-old baby boy; high on Methamphetamine when she gave baby methadone

LEHIGHTON, Pa. –  Police have arrested and charged a mother in Carbon County with the death of her six-week-old baby.

Tory Lyn Schlier, 20, of Lehighton, was charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children.

The baby, Brayden Allen Cummings, died on Oct. 17 at a home in the 200 block of North Seventh Street in Lehighton, according to police.

According to court paperwork, Schlier had an opiate addiction and was prescribed methadone. The baby was also prescribed methadone.

At approximately 8:58 a.m. on Oct. 17, police responded to the home for a report of an unresponsive male infant. Schlier told police she had fed the baby a bottle in her bed sometime between 7:30-8 a.m., then fell asleep with the baby in bed.

Her fiancee’s mother woke her up and discovered the baby was unresponsive, court papers say.

The baby was taken to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:15 a.m.

The mother told police she had given the baby his methadone dose on Oct. 16 at 10 p.m., police said, and she told police she had only taken her prescribed methadone and was not under the influence of any other substances during this incident.

Police executed a search warrant on Schlier and a sample of her blood was sent for lab analysis.

According to the lab results, police said her blood contained amphetamine, methamphetamine, alprazolam and methadone.

On November 5, documents show Schlier contained state police at Lehighton via the warden of the Carbon County Correctional Facility, where she was detained on a probation violation.

Police interviewed her for a second time, and according to court papers, when confronted by her lab results, she admitted to taking two bars of Xanax (alprazolam), which she was not prescribed, in the afternoon of October 16.

She told police she was ‘high’ when she gave the baby his methadone dose, and also admitted to taking methamphetamine, which she was not prescribed, but didn’t recall when she had last taken it.

She also told police she was ‘fuzzy’ while still under these substances the morning of Oct. 17 when she brought the baby to bed and fell asleep holding him alongside her body, papers show.

An autopsy performed on Oct. 18 determined that the cause of the baby’s death was asphyxia or overlay while co-sleeping.  The manner of death was ruled a homicide.








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