Chambersburg woman charged with homicide of unborn child after pregnant woman overdoses

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM)– Charges were filed Thursday against a Chambersburg woman accused of delivering drugs that killed a pregnant woman.

Amanda Yost, 37, is accused of the homicide of an unborn child and other charges after a woman who was just over 20 weeks pregnant fatally overdosed, Chambersburg Borough Police said in the criminal complaint.

First responders were dispatched on Sept. 10 at about 3:30 a.m. for a drowning but police say it was later determined to be a drug overdose and they were told the victim was pregnant. Police say a urine screen done by coroner’s deputies found that there was Fentanyl in the woman’s system.

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The autopsy report in November showed that the woman died from “Mixed drug toxicity” that was “complicated by drowning,” the criminal complaint states.

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While police were investigating the scene of the overdose in the bathroom they found a pill, syringe, and other drug paraphernalia. The victim’s cell phone was also found and on it were messages about drugs between her and Yost’s phone, including her Facebook account, police reported in the complaint.

On video, police say there were three different times the woman was seen standing outside Yost’s home for a couple of minutes and then leaving, which matched the times on the messages between the two.

When police searched Yost’s home, they found pill capsules and vials that contained white powder in them along with syringes.

Yost faces multiple felony charges of drug delivery resulting in death, criminal homicide of an unborn child, third-degree murder of an unborn child, criminal use of a communication facility, and manufacture, delivery or possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver. She also faces additional drug misdemeanor charges.

Yost is currently locked up in Franklin County Prison with bail set at $150,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 6.

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