Police were called to the home of a couple after someone went inside to check on the family that had not been seen or heard from in a week.
Once inside, they found 27-year-old Jason Chambers and 19-year-old Chelsea Cardaro dead from heroin overdoses. Chambers was on the first floor while Cardaro was found in a second-floor bathroom.
But they got off lucky compared to their 5-month-old daughter, Summer Chambers. She was found dead in a bassinet after suffering “three to four days” of dehydration and starvation.
Officials believe the family has been dead for a week. Neighbors last saw the family Dec. 11, and thought they had taken a planned trip to New York.
“It’s an unfortunate incident where they both possibly overdosed at the same time – and being from out of town, not having anybody in town,” said Johnstown police Capt. Chad Miller. “It was too long for anybody to notice that they were missing.”
This isn’t the first time police had been to the home on an overdose call. Last month, Chambers overdosed and had to be revived with Narcan. Children and Youth Services were notified and met with the parents on Dec.7.
“They checked out the house, and it was appropriate to a child living there,” said District Attorney Kelly Callihan. “There was plenty of food and the child seemed well taken care of.”
He went on to remind parents who are addicted to heroin that they are endangering the lives of their children.Tags: Accident, Chelsea Cardaro, Child Endangerment, Crime, Drugs, heroin, Jason Chambers, overdose, Pennsylvania, Starvation