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Ventnor baby nearly suffocated by mother has died

Ventnor baby nearly suffocated by mother has died


A Ventnor infant whose mother allegedly rolled over on her while high has died from her injuries.

Eight-month-old Olaia Marie Mejia was pronounced dead at 8:30 a.m. Friday, a family member confirmed to The Press of Atlantic City.

“With a heavy heart, I would like to inform everyone that my baby girl, my heart and soul, my lil miracle baby, has left to be with God,” her father, Marco Mejia, posted on his Facebook later that day.

The baby’s mother, Lisa Scalia, 30, remains jailed on charges of child endangerment and drug possession after police found her daughter unconscious when they replied to a 911 call at her Monmouth Avenue home last Sunday.

A police officer revived the baby, and she was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Campus, then transferred to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said. The prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit also responded to the scene.

An investigation found Scalia was under the influence of narcotics and possessed drugs, including 34 bags of heroin and 10 oxycodone pills, authorities said.

Scalia is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and four counts of possession of controlled dangerous substances: suboxone, oxycodone, heroin and Lyrica. Her bail was set at $100,000 full cash by Municipal Court Judge Mary C. Siracusa. Authorities have not said whether the charges against Scalia will be upgraded.

Results from an autopsy performed by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office are pending. The prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit and Ventnor police are continuing their investigation.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the girl’s family. Mejia announced on Facebook that he is setting up funeral arrangements.

The page was started by Germaine Osorio, a friend of the baby’s father.

“I reached out to him to see if there was anything I could do for him and suggested starting the GoFundMe for resources for the baby’s expenses,” Osorio explained Sunday.

By Sunday morning, $4,000 had been raised.

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