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Pittston couple charged with neglecting infant, drug offenses

June 11. 2014 11:45PM

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PITTSTON — A couple from Pittston were arrested late Tuesday afternoon on charges they neglected a 9-month-old girl and a 1-year-old boy and endangered the children by having heroin and marijuana inside the residence, city police said.

Police said medical tests showed the girl was malnourished, had sunken eyes and dry nasal passages, and suffered pneumonia.

The children were found inside 12 Howely Circle on April 4, when paramedics arrived to transport Linda Oritz, 21, to the hospital for stomach pains, which later were determined to be the result of a miscarriage, police said.

Oritz and her boyfriend, Jose Rosado, 21, were arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz on two counts each of endangering the welfare of children and possession of a controlled substance, and one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and recklessly endangering another person.

Rosado was further charged with a second count of reckless endangerment.

Oritz and Rosado remained jailed Wednesday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail each.

The children were taken into protective custody by Children and Youth Services.

According to police:

Paramedics arrived at the residence to transport Oritz to the hospital for stomach pains. Oritz told paramedics there were two children sleeping and had no family to take custody.

Oritz allegedly permitted police to obtain clothes and other supplies for the children to be taken with her to the hospital.

While police searched for children’s clothes, diapers and formula, they allegedly found 51 heroin packets and 42 grams of marijuana in a bedroom closet. Police said the heroin and marijuana were reachable by a child.

Police said the girl was found sleeping on a bed sucking on a bottle top.

No infant food was found inside the residence, police said.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled on June 18.

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