A 34-year-old Pennsylvania woman was arrested after her 14-year-old daughter accused her of supplying the girl and a 16-year-old boy with heroin and injecting them with the drug, WCAU-TV reported.
“Supplying anyone with heroin is a potential death sentence,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a statement. “Injecting children — including your own daughter — with heroin demonstrates depravity that defies belief.”
Jessica Riffey was arrested at her home in West Caln Township on Oct. 1 local police conducted a wellness check. The two teens told authorities that Riffey had not only injected them with heroin during the past month, but also allowed them to snort heroin in her bedroom. Riffey later admitted to authorities that she injected the teens in front of her boyfriend, identified as 33-year-old Jameson Burn, on three separate occasions.
“For both of these children, the defendant would actually tie off their arms so that the veins would pop out, and then she could inject them with the heroin,” Hogan told WPVI-TV.
Riffey is in jail on $50,000 bail and was charged with corruption of minors, reckless endangerment, and drug possession. Burn, who was accused of supplying heroin for the teens to snort, was also arrested and faces similar charges.
Hogan said Riffey’s daughter is now living with a family member. The 16-year-old boy is being helped by county officials, since he does not “have a good family support system.”
Watch WPVI’s report, as aired on Monday, below.