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Ventnor mom high when infant nearly suffocated, police say

Ventnor mom high when infant nearly suffocated, police say

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VENTNOR — A Ventnor infant left critically injured after her mother allegedly rolled over on her while high is not expected to live, the baby’s father posted on social media Thursday.

The mother, Lisa Scalia, 31, has been jailed on child endangerment and drug charges since Sunday, after police discovered 34 bags of heroin and 10 oxycodone pills in the home, according to the charges, which could be upgraded if the baby dies.

Marco Mejia wrote on his Facebook page Thursday that he wanted to spend his daughter’s last few days alone with her.

“First off I want to thank everyone for all the love and support,” Olaia Marie Mejia’s father wrote. “I now have to give you the bad news that these will be my daughter’s last days.”

He asked that no one visit so he could spend his daughter’s final hours alone to “allow me the time to say bye to my little princess.”

Olaia Marie was rushed to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, in Atlantic City, on Sunday, and later transferred to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

When police went to the home on Monmouth Avenue on Sunday they found Olaia Marie unresponsive, they said. Ventnor Police Officer Hommy Quinones revived the baby at the scene.

An investigation found Scalia was under the influence at the time.

Scalia had her first court appearance Tuesday, the same day the baby turned 8 months old.

In addition to heroin and 30 mg oxycodone pills, Scalia also had one dose of Suboxone, a drug often used to treat heroin addiction, along with Lyrica, a prescription medication used to treat nerve pain and seizures.

Scalia didn’t have prescriptions for any of the drugs, according to the charges.

Mejia was hopeful earlier in the week, as he posted on his Facebook page Tuesday.

“Everyone please keep praying for my little baby girl,” he wrote. “She is in bad shape! But I know she is a fighter because she’s a Mejia and if we all pray together we can give her the strength to survive this.”

Scalia is jailed on $100,000 full cash bail.

“I can’t wait to take Olaia Marie to see SANTA,” Scalia wrote in a Facebook post the day before Thanksgiving. In another, she answered questions about her first born, saying she was “shocked and excited” when she found out she was expecting the baby girl who had to be delivered by C-section because she was breech.

The baby also had a Facebook page, which listed her job as “being the cutest baby ever.”

On Oct. 12, a friend posted an article to Scalia’s page about a pediatrician from South Africa who claims it is better for babies’ hearts if they sleep with their mothers until they are 3 years old.

When asked about deaths from bed sharing, the doctor said, “When babies are smothered ... it is not because their mother is present, it is because of other things: toxic fumes, cigarettes, alcohol, big pillows and dangerous toys,” according to the article in the Daily Mail.

It does not mention drugs.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development warns against co-sleeping, but experts who recommend the practice say there is more to the issue, including that there are more instances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome among babies who sleep alone than those who sleep with parents.

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