Mother accused of injecting 14-year-old daughter with heroin
Published 06/10/2015 | 18:23
A woman in the US has been arrested after she allegedly admitted to injecting her daughter (14) and her daughter's boyfriend (16) with heroin.
Jessica Lynn Riffey (34) from Pennsylvania was charged with endangering the welfare of her children, corruption of minors and drug delivery last week.
In a press release on Monday, District Attorney Thomas Hogan said that "supplying anyone with heroin is a potential death sentence."
He added: "Injecting children, including your own daughter, with heroin demonstrates a depravity that defies belief."
Police took Riffey into custody after responding to a welfare check at her home on Thursday.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the children told police that Riffey had taken them to her bedroom to use the drug on multiple occasions.
The mother-of-one admitted to giving the children the drug but said she had only done it three times, according to police.
The children claim Riffey's boyfriend, Jameson Burn (33) also supplied them with heroin to snort.
Burn has been charged separately with drug dealing and other offences.