The woman after her 6-year-old son fatally shot his older brother told police she has a history of snorting various prescription drugs through a straw, according to charging documents in the case.
Blood taken from Jessica Pfaff, 32, about2 hours after the shooting on Sept. 1 alsorevealed a bevy of drugs in her system.
The blood test found Alprazolam, Benzoylecgonine, Oxycodone, Imipramine, Desipramine, Fluoxetine and Norfluoxeline, police said. A police investigator said in charging documents that Benzoylecgonine is defined as an inactive metabolite and chemical breakdown product of cocaine" and the other drugs are used to treat insomnia, depression and pain.
Pfaff told police that she was prescribed at least 14 to 15 medications that she took daily. She said they were to treat diabetes and sleep and depression issues, although she also acknowledged giving the prescription pills to other people on occasion, according to police.
Pfaff also acknowledged to police that she used cocaine in the past, although she denied any recent use of cocaine around the time of the shooting, court records state.
Charging documents in the case also say that Pfaff was visited by police and staff from Children and Youth Services in Franklin and Cumberland counties going back to 2008.
Waynesboro police visited Pfaff s residence on April 9, 2008, in the 400 block of W. Fifth Street in Waynesboro. Police said they received a report that Pfaff s children, who were 3 years and 4 months old at the time, were playing with prescription pill bottles.
Officers investigating that day reported the interior of the home had an immediate stench and dirty clothes and used diapers were observed by police all over the floor. Animal feces were also visible on the floor and dirty dishes and spoiled food were spotted on the counters, police said.
Police were called back to the same home on June 1 of that year for a reported suicide attempt and found similar conditions, charging documents state.
The charging documents also say that Cumberland County Children and Youth Services received a report in August of last year of unfit conditions for children at the Southampton Township home where Pfaff s 6-year-old son shot his 8-year-old brother.
Police described the conditions of the home on Broad Street as deplorable and also said there was a strong odor of animal feces. Other findings included: large knives within the reach of children, debris on the floor and a couch the two boys were sharing as a bed before the fatal shooting, police said in charging documents.
Pfaff also was found after the shooting on her cell phone in her bedroom by the first police officer who arrived on scene. The officer reported that Pfaff was not taking any action to care for her wounded son, who died days later at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
The younger boy who shot his brother also told police on scene that he had shot his brother and that his mother had not woken up at the time of the shooting, police said.
The boy retrieved the gun he used from under his mother's mattress and also told police, I told mommy to put [the gun] where I couldn t reach it, police said.
Pfaff is also facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. She is being held in Cumberland County Prison in lieu of ,000 bail.
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13, according to court records.
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