VENTNOR – A 7-month-old infant girl from Ventnor, who had been hospitalized since last Sunday after being discovered unconscious and unresponsive in her home, died in the hospital this past Friday, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
In response to a 9-1-1 call, officers of the Ventnor City Police Department and emergency medical personnel responded in the early morning of Friday, January 3, 2016 to a residence on the 5700 block of Monmouth Avenue, Ventnor, NJ, for a report of an unresponsive infant. Upon arrival, CPR was performed and the baby was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division, then transferred to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit also responded to the scene.
The child’s mother, Lisa M. Scalia, 30, of the same address, was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child—a crime of the 2nd degree, and four counts of Possession of Controlled dangerous Substances: Suboxone, oxycodone, heroin, and Lyrica. Scalia was arrested and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $100,000 full cash bail set by Municipal Court Judge Mary C. Siracusa. The State alleges that Scalia, while being under the influence of narcotics, rolled onto the baby causing her injury.
The victim was pronounced dead at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Friday, January 8, 2016.
Results from an autopsy performed by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office are pending.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Ventnor City Police Department continue their investigation.
No additional details will be released at this time.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.