State police need search warrant to obtain phones for investigation into death of 3-month-old

State police need search warrant to obtain phones for investigation into death of 3-month-old
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WilliamsPORT – Work cell phones that two Lycoming County Children and Youth caseworkers had agreed to provide state police in a death investigation have taken a circuitous route to convicts.

Caseworkers Crystal Minner and Tammy Bradley in February said they would provide the phones so information about Tallia Germa Charlebois, 27, could be extracted, investigators claim.

Charlebois is charged with involuntary manslaughter, accused of being responsible for the Jan. 26 death of her 3-month-old son Matteo.

Minner and Bradly were contacted March 9 to schedule the extraction of specified data but, according to a search warrant affidavit, this is what police were told:

Minner claimed that the previous night she accidentally dropped her phone and ran over it with a vehicle. Bradley told Trooper Josiah Reiner her phone had been “reset” when it recently was updated.

The investigator said he also learned Children and Youth would not provide the phones without a search warrant. So police got one.

District Attorney Ryan C. Gardner declined comment except to say the investigation into the infant’s death is continuing.

Attempts to reach Children and Youth director Matt Salvatori were unsuccessful. State police said they could not comment beyond what was in the affidavit.

The phones have been turned over and sent to a lab to try to extract the data that Reiner claims will greatly aid in the prosecution of Charlebois.

According to the search warrant affidavit, Minner and Bradley used their work phones to contact Charlebois to schedule visits and to stay in contact with her.

A separate search warrant was obtained for the records of a family doctor who had seen Matteo.

Charlebois, according to that affidavit, stated during an interview with state police the doctor would not listen when she told him her son had difficulty breathing.

Testimony at her preliminary hearing was she woke up about 1 pm to find her son unresponsive. He was taken to UPMC Muncy where he was pronounced dead at 2:36 pm

An emergency medical technician claimed Charlebois asked him if her son could be given Narcan, a drug given to reverse overdoses.

Another EMT said Charlebois told her fentanyl was her drug of choice and she had used it about 1 am that day.

That was cooperated by state police state police Cpl. Tyler R. Morse who said that Charlebois admitted snorting fentanyl in the bathroom. It was his opinion from doing undercover drug work she was under the influence when he arrived.

Suspected fentanyl and drug paraphernalia were found in her Montgomery apartment during a search that day.

Natalia Solomon, a friend of Charlebois, called 911 for a welfare check when she left the apartment about 5 am because of her concerns about mother and son.

State police responded but left after they determined Matteo was awake, alert and not in need of medical care and Charlebois was capable of caring for him.

Bradley testified when she arrived at 10:30 am for the scheduled appointment she heard the baby making a fuss but no one answered her repeated knocking on the door.

Besides involuntary manslaughter, Charlebois is charged with endangering the welfare of children, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

She is jailed in lieu of $99,000 bail.


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