June 17, 2012

Brandi Baumgardner - Charged With Injecting Teen Daughter 200 Times With Heroin Over Two-Year Period

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Beaver Springs, Pa. (The Weekly Vice) - Brandi Baumgardner, a 38-year-old Pennsylvania woman has been jailed after she allegedly got her daughter heavily addicted to heroin and other drugs, beginning when child was just 12-years-old.

According to police, an investigation was launched in August when the victim checked herself into a drug rehab center claiming that she was too strung out to inject herself with heroin any longer.

Investigators say the victim's mother, Brandi Baumgardner, began smoking marijuana with her daughter when the child was just 12-years-old. Baumgardner then introduced the child to heroin at age 14, and is accused of injecting her daughter with the substance when the girl was too weak to inject herself.

The girl admitted to detectives that she used a wide variety of drugs with her mother, including marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin and various prescription medications. She also testified that she would become so "dope-sick" her mother would inject her, and ultimately injected her with heroin approximately 200 times over a two-year period.

Robert Thomas Hannick, a 22-year-old Beaver Springs resident has also been arrested on charges that he had sex with the underage girl in exchange for drugs. The victim told detectives that Hannick would assist her mother in injecting her with heroin. Hennick allegedly had sex with the girl three times and engaged in sexual acts on a fourth occasion.

The victim also told detectives that her mother would take her to a hospital and then complain about a fake illness in order to obtain prescription medications. At one point, mother and daughter allegedly shared Fentanyl patches. Fentanyl is a highly addictive and powerful pain medication that is considered to be more potent than heroin.

Detectives interviewed Baumgardner, who confessed to supplying her daughter with drugs "when she was sick." Baumgardner also admitted that she and her daughter had "drug problems."

Baumgardner was booked into jail and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of minors. Her next court appearance has been scheduled for June 21.

Hannick was charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors.

The victim is receiving ongoing treatment and counseling at the drug rehabilitation center she checked into.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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