Mom injected her little girl with heroin more than 200 times

Published On: Thursday, December 27, 2012 6:00
By: Moses Gold
Brandi Baumgardner
A Pennsylvania mother of two is accused of having her teen daughter to become addicted to heroin and injecting her with drugs hundreds of times when she was too weak to do it herself.

Authorities say Brandi Baumgardner, 38, of Beaver Springs, started smoking marijuana with her daughter when she was 12, the news media reported.

The girl, whose name is being withheld because of the sensitive nature of the case, told police she began to use harder drugs like heroin, when he was 14.
The now 14-year-old says she has abused prescription pills and crack cocaine, as well as heroin and marijuana.

Baumgardner allegedly injected the child with heroin about 200 times when she was too "sick" to do it herself.
A 22-year-old Beaver Springs man is also accused of adolescents shoot up in exchange for sex.
She said that Robert Thomas Hannick gave her suboxone, a drug prescribed for opioid dependence.
Hannick denied that he gave the girl drugs, authorities said.

It is unclear how Hannick contacted the teen, or what connection, if any, he had with Baumgardner.
Baumgardner admitted that she and her daughter had a drug problem when she was interviewed by state police, according to court documents obtained by the news media.

The daughter told authorities that her mother sometimes took her to the hospital with a fake illness to get prescription drugs.

The 14-year-old also says she and her mother share fentanyl patches. Fentanyl is a prescription painkiller that is 100 times more potent than morphine.
Investigators learned about the drug addiction of the mother and daughter, when the teen sought
treatment at Clear Vision, a center for addiction treatment for young women in
Montgomery, Pennsylvania.

Law requires that Clear Vision staff report all allegations of sexual abuse in the state, according to the news media.
Baumgardner is accused of child neglect and corruption of a minor.
Hannick is charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of a minor.