Mom sentenced for giving baby methadone, causing her death

 A mother who caused her 7-month-old daughter's death by giving her methadone has been sentenced to eight years in prison.



Atlantic County prosecutors say 33-year-old Lisa Scalia must serve nearly seven years of the term imposed Monday before she becomes eligible for parole. The Ventnor woman had pleaded guilty last December to aggravated assault as part of a plea deal.



Authorities have said Scalia gave her baby methadone and also rolled onto her daughter while she was high on drugs. They say the baby died from the methadone.



The child was found unconscious at Scalia's home in January 2016 and died five days later at a hospital.



Authorities say Scalia had 34 bags of heroin and 10 oxycodone pills.


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