Mother charged after 1-year-old overdosed on fentanyl, flown to Pittsburgh

Local News

HUNTINGDON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A mother from Huntingdon County is facing charges after her 1-year-old was flown to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital where they were found positive for multiple drugs.

Police arrived at Penn Highlands after a call of a child overdose on Aug. 12. After arriving, the mother, Bethany Witters, reportedly told troopers that the child drank apple cider vinegar and became unresponsive. Police noted that she said she used to do drugs and she doesn’t anymore, so there’s no way it could be drugs.

Bethany Witters
Photo: Huntingdon County Prison

After a search of the home, police reportedly found a large amount of heroin, baggies typically used to package heroin and a cigarette pack with 41 packets of suspected heroin and a syringe in it.

The child was taken from Penn Highlands Hospital and flown to the Children’s Hospital.

The child was shown to have fentanyl and xylazine in their system. Police noted that doctors expect the child to make a full recovery and that the child had almost died.

Witters is being charged with felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and aggravated assault along with possession with intent to distribute charges. She was placed in Huntingdon County Prison, unable to post $500,000 bail.

NOTE: This story was further updated with details after obtaining more official documents.

Sign up for the WTAJ Newsletter for the latest local news, weather and community events that matter to you.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Don't Miss