Mother charged with murder in infant heroin death

Paramedics arrived to a call in July to a baby having trouble breathing, who later died in the hospital


By Mari A. Schaefer
Philadelphia Inquirer

COLLINGDALE, Pa. — The baby was born addicted to heroin. And 11 months later, Niccolo Varner died from ingesting heroin that his mother either gave him or left out for him to find, officials said.

Christine Rivero, 29, of Collingdale, stood quietly in shackles on Friday morning before Delaware County Court Judge Horace Z. Davis as he read her her rights. She was charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, and other crimes in the death of her infant son, and was remanded to the Delaware County jail with no bail.

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