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SCRANTON -- Police charged a mother and father in the death of their young child in Lackawanna County.

The parents turned themselves in Thursday afternoon in Scranton to face charges related to the death of their 5-week-old child.

Anthony Donvito and Amanda Salvatori, both of Scranton, face endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment charges.

According to court papers, back in January, the couple fell asleep with the child in bed with them. Drug tests later found that both of them had taken several prescription drugs before going to sleep. They awoke around noon the next day to find the child had died, likely from suffocation.

Police interviewed Donvito and Salvatori's other child, a three-year-old girl, who told police she tried to wake her parents when she heard the baby gasping for air.

The couple's defense attorney, Paul Walker, told Newswatch 16 the parents were not expecting to face criminal charges.

"You have a baby. There's no instruction manual. You try to raise the baby as best you can. I mean, people who get older and have more experience should know that you don't lay down next to a baby and fall asleep, but sometimes you do that as a young parent just to comfort the child, you know, and it's just an accident," Walker said.

Salvatori was released after her arraignment. She spoke with Newswatch 16 about the charges.

Donvito was taken to the Lackawanna County Prison on $2,000 bail.

Scranton police said that since the child's death does not appear to have happened intentionally, the parents likely won't face any more serious charges.

27 comments

  • Jen

    There’s no instruction manual? Are you kidding me? I’ve given birth twice, and each time, I was given CLEAR instructions, both written and verbal, that a newborn infant should never be placed in bed with adults, especially adults who have taken narcotics! Try again, sleazy lawyer, because that defense doesn’t fly. According to police, this tiny boy was born “addicted to narcotics”, and I question why these two horrible people were even allowed to leave the hospital with him. A mother who is willing to take enough narcotics to get her baby addicted to the dang things clearly isn’t responsible enough to take care of the child after he’s born!

  • xagent

    All you pee. me off. For all we know these new parents were not even getting the max in entitlement . Why do you think they were so tired.

  • Solomon Grundy

    Too bad it wasn’t the mother or father that croaked….I am confident to say that would have not been a loss to society whats so ever….It would have been a gain….2 less scumbags sucking off the government.

  • paula

    You must be working Stacy way too hard. She was outside of the Lackawanna Court house but she thought she was in Wilkes Barre.

  • WorldAccording2Larry (@Skyhawk442)

    a lot of name calling, just be glad its not your child. Some are quickly to judge the stupid people. If they make a baby together, they can kill the baby together. They brought them into the World, and they can take them out of this world.

    • E

      Wow you must be that moronic type of parent I hear using those same words to yell at their children in public. Lol. You do realize speaking like that makes it obvious you are a victim of abuse and you’re embarrassing yourself when you do it. You truly belong in the coal region of NEPA.

  • Really?

    Scumbags! Especially the attorney…How can anyone try to down play such a tragic incident and make excuses that, “There is no instruction manuals to raising a child!” Blah blah blah, BS. It’s all BS. These (2) are junkies that killed their child, if they weren’t as high as a kite, maybe it would be considered an actual accident, but the fact that the death was due to them drooling in comas where a 3 year old couldn’t wake them as the child gasped for air is flat out ridiculous, I hope they rot in hell for what they did. A child’s life is sacred, you can’t fix stupid and certain people should NOT be allowed to reproduce. These junkies birth certificates are actually apology letters from the cond factory. Scum, scum, scum, pure scum!

  • kbhart

    That attorney is crazy. They both take several prescription drugs and pass out for god knows how long and it is an accident. Then, the poor 3 year old tries to wake them up and they won’t get up. Sorry, they are low lives who do not deserve to have any children. Let them live by themselves and take all the prescription drugs( that the taxpayers are probably paying for) they want and the only ones they will hurt is themselves.

  • Christina Smith

    Not thier fault? Give me a break! They shouldnt have overdosed in the first place and they shouldnt have had the baby in bed with them! Unbelievable

  • king ruddy

    Put them in a super max prison like the feds have in Colorado, that will wake ’em up! I muse over death penalty in Pa. , maybe build a super max prison like that here.Lucky workers would get union wages!

  • BrianGriffin

    So, what, none of you have ever taken a prescription medication to help fall asleep? This was a tragic accident, nothing more.

    • Callisto

      Sure – take a pill and put the baby in bed with you – real smart. Also, have a 3-year old too and sleep like the dead knowing you have two babies depending on you – real scum to me. Stop making excuses!!

    • TT

      No! Not with a newborn in my bed and a 3 year old loose. This is not a tragic accident. You must be a friend or family member of the parents.

    • Jen

      No. When you have a newborn infant in your care, you do not take narcotics to get sleep. Infants need round the clock care, and they need a competent, coherent adult to look after them. And you especially do not take narcotics to sleep, then put a newborn infant in bed with you! Please don’t have children. Seriously.

  • SoDone

    “Scranton police said that since the child’s death does not appear to have happened intentionally, the parents likely won’t face any more serious charges.” Since they were on drugs and killed one baby and was not supervising the other child how does this not translate into “more serious charges?” Such as; “Negligent Homicide?”
    Negligent homicide as defined as the killing of another person through gross negligence or without malice. It is characterized as a death caused by death by conduct that grossly deviated from ordinary care. Negligent homicide may be charged as a lesser-included offense of manslaughter.

  • SoDone

    “You have a baby. There’s no instruction manual. You try to raise the baby as best you can. I mean, people who get older and have more experience should know that you don’t lay down next to a baby and fall asleep, but sometimes you do that as a young parent just to comfort the child, you know, and it’s just an accident,” Walker said. Hey dummy, didn’t you get the memo? They were on drugs! “Drug tests later found that both of them had taken several prescription drugs before going to sleep.” Not to mention the 3 yr old was running around unsupervised while they were in a drugged stupor suffocating that baby! So if a 3 yr old knew something was wrong, what does that say about your clients? Do you hear how stupid your defense sounds?

    • Allison

      Plus, they didn’t wake until NOON the next day. What parents of infant and 3 year old sleep until noon???

  • Brittany

    She was a scum all threw school he was a good kid its a shame he fell into her tracks dirty drug scum kill a baby and then come out and get high I bet she’s already knotting out

    • Barry Johnson

      Did you go to school? Judging by your punctuation, no. It’s through, not threw.

  • Jason

    Scumbags! Not intentional? Being a low life who gets doped up is intentional. Someone should sit on them and suffocate them!

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