The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 9, 2013

Snyder County woman admits giving drugs to her preteen daughter

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG — Brandi Lyn Baumgardner admitted Tuesday in Snyder County Court that she began providing drugs to her preteen daughter and continued to feed her habit for four years.

Baumgardner, 39, of Beaver Springs, pleaded guilty to felony endangering the welfare of children before Union-Snyder Judge Michael H. Hudock in exchange for a corruption of minors charge being dropped.

She faces a minimum jail term of six to 16 months at sentencing in mid-March.

The charges against Baumgardner came to light in June when, after her arrest on a prior burglary charge for aiding her son, now 20, and another man in stealing Fentanyl patches from a neighbor, her 16-year-old daughter was sent to a residential treatment center in Montgomery.

That’s when authorities learned that Baumgardner had supplied her daughter with narcotics, including Fentanyl patches, crack cocaine and marijuana, from the age of 12, in 2007, through July 2011.

District Attorney Michael Piecuch said Baumgardner regrets her actions, which he believes were fueled by the older woman’s own drug addiction.

“I believe there is remorse,” he said.

Meanwhile, Robert T. Hannick Jr., 22, of 820 Center Ave., Beaver Springs, is headed to trial on charges he supplied the girl drugs in exchange for sex.

“The way he leveraged the child’s addiction for sexual gratification is offensive and disgusting,” said Piecuch, who is pursuing felony delivery of a controlled substance, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, and corruption of minors charges against Hannick.

Hannick, who is represented by public defender Patrick Johnson, has admitted to having sex with the underage girl but denies giving her drugs.