Couple charged with murder of infant daughter who ingested fentanyl

Mark Abrams
December 06, 2018 - 12:16 pm
Lauren Semanyk and Joseph Milano charged with murder in death of 10-month-old daughter.

Upper Darby Township Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Upper Darby police have charged the parents of 10-month-old baby girl with murder months after an investigation confirmed the infant somehow ingested fentanyl, a highly-toxic heroin additive.

Chief Michael Chitwood says 31-year-old Joseph Milano and 34-year-old Lauren Semanyk, both of Clifton Heights in Upper Darby Township, are facing charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy and related crimes connected to the death of their daughter, Angelina.

"She was healthy. She was just learning to walk. She could say 'Momma and Dada,' and now she's dead," Chitwood said.

He says the child died April 16 in Delaware County Hospital, where she had been taken after her parents claimed she had drowned.

However, an autopsy showed no water in her lungs. And toxicology tests ordered by the medical examiner came back showing the presence of fentanyl in her body.

Milano, who was in prison on a drunken driving charge, was brought in for arraignment last night. Semanyk surrendered to police Wednesday evening.

Both are now behind bars.

As to the delay in the arrests, Chitwood says detectives working closely with the medical examiner gathered evidence to support the findings.

He says the couple gave inconsistent stories about their daughter's death, slowing down the investigation.

Chitwood says they are not sure how the infant got her hands on the drug.

He added both parents have criminal records and are known drug users.