Bensalem couple charged after police say their 9-month-old overdosed on fentanyl

Jim Melwert
January 28, 2020 - 6:39 pm
Maria Dolderer and Michael Picardi.

Courtesy of Bensalem Police Department


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Bensalem couple is facing criminal charges after police say their 9-month-old overdosed on a powerful opioid.

According to the criminal complaint, the 9-month-old little girl had to be put on a Narcan drip and a ventilator because of the amount of fentanyl in her system.

The girl’s parents, Maria Dolderer and Michael Picardi, are each charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Bensalem police director Fred Harran says police were called to the apartment in Franklin Commons on Friday night and say it was a mess.

“Junk everywhere and a lot of empty pill bottles all over the house, there was no furniture and they knew something was wrong," Harran said. 

Harran says there was just an inflatable mattress and an infant swing.

“In the child’s swing was an empty pill bottle, there were pill bottles all over the house," he added. 

The criminal complaint says Dolderer and Picardi were more concerned police were getting a search warrant for their apartment than they were about the child, and they say Picardi tried to sign the 9-month-old out of the hospital despite her condition.

The girl is in stable condition, but Harran says it’s too early to say if there’s any long-term damage.

He says in the past seven days in Bensalem, there have been eight overdoses, four of them fatal. 

“People are dying in this country, the drug problem is not going away. We’ve got all kinds of problems and little resources to deal with it," he said.