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May 21, 2014

Woman faces child endangerment charges

DANVILLE – A Liberty Township woman, now in a state prison, will face Montour County Court action on charges of being under the influence of free morphine while driving with a child.

Kimberly Elizabeth Lander, 23, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday before Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder.

She waived via a phone since the video-conferencing connection between the prison and Shrawder’s office wasn’t working.

Shrawder has conducted arraignments and preliminary hearings in the past through vide-conferencing.

State police at Milton charged her with illegal possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a first offense of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person March 17 at Route 642 and Cashner Road in Liberty Township.

Lander, represented by John McDanel, is confined to the State Correctional Prison at Muncy for theft by deception and a probation violation in Union County. She has drug charges pending in Snyder County, according to court officials.

Her case will be scheduled for July 9 in Montour County Court, according to County District Attorney Rebecca Warren.

Police were called by a Montour County adult probation officer who discovered narcotics paraphernalia in Lander’s bedroom at 29 Cashner Road.

The probation office issued a detainer for a probation violation.

Lander was taken into custody without incident after arriving in a 2001 Dodge Caravan. Police found more paraphernalia including a syringe and several wrappers consistent with the packaging of heroin in the vehicle. One of the packages contained light brown powder consistent with heroin, police said.

A hospital laboratory test showed free morphine in her blood. Free morphine is a  breakdown product of codeine and heroin, police said.

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