While the mother of a Spring Hill-City View toddler who died after a nap and another man were charged Wednesday in connection with the girl’s death, the child’s grandparents struggled to cope.
Nancy Andriorio of Glenshaw remembered her granddaughter, 18-month-old Naveah Andriorio, as a beautiful child.
“It’s a very trying time, and I can’t talk about it,” Ms. Andriorio said. “She was a beautiful baby and didn’t deserve that. ... The only way I can get on [is] to think that she’s an angel.”
Naveah died Tuesday night at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC after her mother, Sondra Rector, 24, found her unresponsive in a bed in the home she shared with William Kablach, 62, on Zang Way, according to court documents.
Ms. Rector and Mr. Kablach have been charged with endangering the welfare of Naveah, and Ms. Rector also has been charged with heroin possession. Both were released from the Allegheny County Jail on non-monetary bond Wednesday. Ms. Rector did not return a request for comment, and Mr. Kablach could not be reached.
Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that Ms. Rector told them she ingested three stamp bags of heroin and put additional stamp bags and a needle in the bedroom. The complaint said Ms. Rector told police she fell asleep about 5:30 p.m. in the bed next to her daughter and woke up three hours later when Mr. Kablach asked if she wanted food.
When Naveah did not respond, they said they tried to douse her with water, police wrote. Ms. Rector told police she asked Mr. Kablach to call 911, and he asked her, “Did you pick up that pill?”
Police said Ms. Rector called 911 and when she got off the phone “realized that Bill was concerned with a missing pill because Naveah could have ingested it.” She told police, according to the complaint, that Mr. Kablach had a 100 mg morphine pill on an end table in the area where Naveah was sitting before she went to sleep and that they were not able to find the pill before police and medics arrived.
Mr. Kablach told police that he kept an anti-anxiety drug in the bedroom that is prescribed to him and that the pills were inside their bottle, according to the complaint.
“Upon leaving the interview room, William yelled that Sondra was the one with heroin in the bedroom with the baby,” the complaint states.
The cause of Naveah’s death has not been determined. The Allegheny County medical examiner‘s office performed an autopsy Wednesday but said that it was awaiting the results of toxicology tests before ruling on the cause and manner of Naveah’s death.
Court records show that Naveah‘s mother has been charged in previous cases, though none involving Naveah. Ms. Rector is awaiting a preliminary hearing on prostitution charges after Pittsburgh police said she agreed to accept money from an undercover detective in exchange for oral sex. When police searched her during that arrest, they found two needles and two oxycodone pills, according to a criminal complaint.
Ms. Rector pleaded guilty to possessing a controlled substance in 2008 and was sentenced to six months of probation, according to court records.
Liz Navratil: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. Molly Born contributed. First Published June 18, 2014 12:12 AM