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Coroner: Infant died of starvation after parents’ overdose deaths

A 5-month-old girl starved to death after her parents reportedly died of heroin overdoses. The Johnstown Police Department says officers found three bodies in the house just days before Christmas. 27-year-old Jason Chambers and 19-year-old Chelsea Cardaro had been dead for a week and their baby, Summer, likely died 3 or 4 days later according to the coroner. Police also say they found evidence of heroin use in the home.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A coroner says a 5-month-old Pennsylvania girl starved to death in her bassinet after her parents died of drug overdoses.

The Cambria County coroner’s office said autopsy and toxicology reports confirmed that Summer Chambers died of dehydration and starvation in the home in Kernville, about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, a few days before Christmas.

Coroner Jeff Lees called the case “heart-wrenching” and ruled the infant’s death homicide due to parental neglect.

Lees says toxicology tests indicate that 27-year-old Jaron Chambers and 19-year-old Chelsea Cordaro died of acute fentanyl overdoses. Lees says the woman had four times the lethal range of the drug and the man had 2 times the lethal range.

Lees says the parents died on or about Dec. 15 and the child probably died on Dec. 19 or Dec. 20. The bodies were found Dec. 22.