Bensalem Parents Charged After Baby Overdoses, Police Say

Michael Picardi (left) and Maria Dolderer. Photos via Crimewatch.

The Bensalem Township Police have arrested two parents after their infant overdosed on fentanyl, according to authorities.

Officers responded to the 2000 block of Finch Drive on Jan. 24. They had received a report of a child in cardiac arrest.

However, what they found was more disturbing. A nine-month-old baby girl was experiencing an overdose.

Police administered NARCAN to the child immediately. It had a “mild, positive effect.”

Now, parents Maria Dolderer and Michael Picardi of Finch Drive are both in custody on charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

Authorities say their apartment was dirty and unfurnished. Prescription bottles were scattered throughout the living space. Police found some bottles on the bed and floor. They found an empty container of acetaminophen with codeine found in the baby’s swing.

Medical tests showed the child tested positive for fentanyl. She had to stay on a NARCAN drip overnight to survive.

Fortunately, the infant is in stable condition at St. Christopher’s Hospital, according to authorities.

The couple was uncooperative with detectives, according the police. They offered no explanation as to how their baby girl suffered an overdose.

Dolderer and Picardi will stay in Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of 10% of $200,000 bail.