Police: Pair drunk while baby dies

April 14, 2009 6:34:39 PM PDT
A southwestern Pennsylvania couple will stand trial on child endangerment charges because state police say they were too drunk and high to notice their 2-month-old daughter dying of sudden infant death syndrome. Thirty-year-olds Jennifer Gaster and Daniel Martin II are accused of snorting cocaine and drinking beer and vodka the night before they found the baby dead. That happened June 6 about 10 a.m. in their home in Luzerne Township, about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh.

Defense attorney Thomas Shaffer says tests will show the child didn't have drugs or alcohol in her system, even though Gaster breast fed the child, meaning Gaster wasn't intoxicated as police contend.

Witnesses at a preliminary hearing Monday say the couple drank heavily and used cocaine.

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