York County mother accused of giving 4-year-old daughter opiates

April Renee Rose

CONEWAGO TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, Pa.–A York County mother was arrested Saturday after she gave her 4-year-old daughter opiates, according to the criminal complaint.

April Rose,  27, is charged with recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of a child and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance. She was arraigned and taken to York County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Police were contacted Saturday by York County Children and Youth Services after a 4-year-old girl, who had ingested opiates, was taken to York Hospital.

The girl’s grandmother told police she was at home Friday night when she overheard a conversation in the bathroom between her daughter and granddaughter. She said Rose told the little girl to “take this.” The girl replied “no, it’s yucky.” Rose was overheard saying, “I don’t care, take it anyway. It will help you sleep.”

After Rose and the girl left the bathroom, the grandmother told police she found some white powdery residue on the sink area.  When the grandmother confronted Rose and asked what she gave the girl, Rose replied, “nothing.” The grandmother then took the girl to the hospital.

According to court documents, while driving to the hospital Rose’s daughter said that, “mommy gave her something that tasted bad and hurt her stomach.”

The girl’s urine was checked at the hospital and tested positive for opiates, according to the criminal complaint.  The girl showed signs of restlessness, her pupils were dilated and her eyes were in constant motion, court records state.

The girl was placed into protective custody–after investigators learned that Rose was planning to move to Texas on Tuesday. She has since been released into the custody to a relative.

A preliminary hearing for Rose is scheduled on December 13.