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March 8, 2014

Cops: Mom eyed grass sale as tot lay in ER

DANVILLE — A Mifflinburg mother was prepared to sell marijuana to friends who visited a pediatric intensive care unit while her 6-week-old son fought for his life after she nearly beat him to death, according to court and police records.

Twenty-year-old Jasmine Bearden initially ignored the insistence of the baby’s paternal grandmother, who noticed the infant’s injuries, to take the child to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

As emergency room physicians treated her son Oct. 11 for a fractured skull, subdural hematoma, broken ribs, a fractured liver and numerous bruises to his face, hands, arms and knees — according to a Mifflinburg police report — a hospital security officer said she discovered what appeared to be illegal drugs and paraphernalia inside Bearden’s backpack, according to court records.

Bearden, the affidavit states, consented to a search of her backpack.

Backpack contained marijuana, police say

The security officer found a blue box containing marijuana, a metal grinder with a “green, leafy substance,” a digital scale, a glass pipe packed with suspected marijuana, a syringe and a cotton ball, court documents state.

Geisinger and Union County Children and Youth Services contacted Mahoning Township police, who asked Bearden why she would bring marijuana, a grinder, a glass pipe, a syringe and cotton ball to the children’s hospital.

Replied Bearden: She planned to smoke the pot herself and possibly sell some to friends — should they stop by the hospital to visit the baby, the affidavit states.

“We are proceeding on prosecuting this case,” Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren said Thursday.

Asked why she planned to sell the marijuana, Bearden, according to court records, responded that she was jobless and needed the cash.

Bearden went on to tell police that she asked her boyfriend, Ricky Dehart Jr., 24, of Mifflinburg, the infant’s father, to pack the backpack with her clothes and drugs and paraphernalia and bring it to her at Geisinger, the affidavit states.

Bearden and the evidence were taken to the Mahoning Township Police Department, where she provided a written statement of the incident. Dehart was brought in for questioning but refused to talk and requested an attorney, the affidavit states. Both were released and advised charges would be filed, though Dehart doesn’t appear to be charged, according to a search of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Web Portal.

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