MOM, DAD BUSTED

UP­PER DARBY COU­PLE FACE CHARGES IN AC­CI­DEN­TAL OD DEATH OF DAUGH­TER

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Tustin [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com

Lau­ren Se­manyk is led out of Dis­trict Court in Se­cane af­ter her ar­raign­ment for the over­dose death of her 10-month-old daugh­ter An­gelina. Her boyfriend Joseph Mi­lano (in­set) also faces charges.

A town­ship cou­ple is ac­cused of third-de­gree mur­der in the death of their 10-month-old daugh­ter af­ter she in­gested fen­tanyl and they waited hours be­fore call­ing 911 for help, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

Up­per Darby Po­lice have ar­rested and charged Joseph Mi­lano, 31, and Lau­ren Se­manyk, 34, both of the 5000 block of West­ley Drive in the West­brook Park sec­tion of Up­per Darby, with felony counts of third-de­gree mur­der, in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter and en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child for the April 16 death of their baby daugh­ter, An­gelina Mi­lano. Felony con­spir­acy charges have also been filed on the counts plus a mis­de­meanor charge of pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia.

At the time of ar­rest, Mi­lano was serv­ing time at the Delaware County Jail af­ter plead­ing guilty to use/pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia and driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cense stem­ming from an Aug. 9 in­ci­dent in the town­ship. Se­manyk sur­ren­dered to po­lice at their head­quar­ters.

Both have been re­manded to the Delaware County Jail with­out bail fol­low­ing Se­manyk’s ar­raign­ment Thurs­day morn­ing by Mag­is­te­rial Judge Kelly Mi­cozzie-Aguirre and Mi­lano’s Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon ar­raign­ment be­fore Mag­is­te­rial Judge Ann Ber­ar­docco.

In an­nounc­ing their ar­rests at a Thurs­day morn­ing press con­fer­ence, Up­per Darby Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Chit­wood, Delaware County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Katay­oun Copeland and Up­per Darby Mayor Tom Mi­cozzie called it a day of jus­tice for An­gelina.

“In a tight-knit neigh­bor­hood, the out­pour­ing of love for the child at the time of the in­ci­dent and then the sus­pi­cions that be­gin to carry, peo­ple wanted to know,” said Mi­cozzie, who re­sides in the com­mu­nity where the death oc­curred. “I know the com­mu­nity was re­ally look­ing for clo­sure for An­gelina.”

Chit­wood, him­self a great grand­fa­ther to an in­fant girl around An­gelina’s age, said it is a tragic and sad case.

“It did not have to hap­pen,” the top cop said.

A Sept. 18 au­topsy re­port filed by Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner Dr. Ben­nett Pre­ston ruled An­gelina’s death as a homi­cide due to “syn­thetic fen­tanyl in­tox­i­ca­tion and com­pli­ca­tions thereof.” Ac­cord­ing to Copeland, the fen­tanyl ana­log 3-methylfen­tanyl was found in the child’s sys­tem. This strain of syn­thetic fen­tanyl is one of the strong­est and lethal forms of the drug. Chit­wood added that no drown­ing took place - as was ini­tially re­ported to po­lice by the sus­pects - be­cause

wa­ter was not found in the baby’s lungs dur­ing the au­topsy.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause filed by Up­per Darby Det. Wil­liam Sminkey, po­lice were called to their West­ley Drive res­i­dence at 1:17 a.m. for a re­port of a 10-month-old baby in car­diac ar­rest. Of­fi­cer Wil­liam Sides was the first of­fi­cer at the scene and wit­nessed Mi­lano hold­ing the baby in his arms on the side­walk in front of their home and shout­ing that An­gelina was not breath­ing. Mi­lano said she had drowned in the bath­tub dur­ing a bath.

Mi­lano and Sides went into the home and be­gan CPR in the liv­ing room.

“At this time, Sides no­ticed that An­gelina had no pulse, was not breath­ing, and her skin was gray and pale,” reads the af­fi­davit. The child was cold to the touch and her skin and di­a­per were dry.

Paramedics re­sponded sec­onds later and rushed the baby to Delaware County Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Sides asked Se­manyk if the baby had in­gested heroin and she “looked sur­prised” and asked why. When Sides asked her again, her “head went down to her chest and she stated that it was pos­si­ble.” This in­for­ma­tion was re­layed to hos­pi­tal staff and Nar­can was ad­min­is­tered at the emer­gency room.

An­gelina was pro­nounced dead at 2:02 a.m.

Mi­lano and Se­manyk were in­ter­viewed at po­lice head­quar­ters that af­ter­noon by De­tec­tives Sminkey and Thomas Thomp­son. Mi­lano said he ob­served the baby in her bed­room with a straw in her mouth that had an “of­fwhite pow­dery residue” on it, pos­si­bly heroin and OxyCodone. He then placed An­gelina in the bath­tub and then left the bath­room for three min­utes. When he re­turned An­gelina was one her back with wa­ter rolling over her face and her eyes were glazed. He at­tempted to wake her with cold wa­ter from the bath spigot to wake her up. Mi­lano then called Se­manyk and per­formed chest com­pres­sions and res­cue breaths on An­gelina until Se­manyk ar­rived.

Se­manyk said in an ini­tial in­ter­view with po­lice that day that she was work­ing at ManorCare in Yeadon when Mi­lano called her at 9 p.m. on April 15 ask­ing her to re­turn home. She ob­served Mi­lano giv­ing the baby CPR and then Se­manyk con­tin­ued and the baby even­tu­ally coughed up some wa­ter and she then seemed “fine.” They sat con­stantly with the baby af­ter that. She said there was no wa­ter in the tub when she got home.

In a sec­ond in­ter­view that day with Capt. David Madonna and Det. Leo Hen­shaw she re­called be­ing told by Mi­lano told he didn’t know if the baby in­gested wa­ter or some­thing else. Se­manyk did a fin­ger sweep of the baby’s mouth which re­vealed noth­ing. Mi­lano said An­gelina may have in­gested a crum­pled up blue pa­per used to pack­age heroin.

At around 11:45 p.m., Mi­lano called 911 but then im­me­di­ately hung up. When 911 called back, he ad­vised the op­er­a­tor that ev­ery­thing was OK. An am­bu­lance was then called by Mi­lano at 1:17 a.m.

Dur­ing Se­manyk’s first in­ter­view po­lice dis­cov­ered that upon ar­rival to head­quar­ters she was ob­served throw­ing a sy­ringe out of her car into the traf­fic lanes of West Ch­ester Pike. The sy­ringe was col­lected as ev­i­dence. A con­sented search of her car that day un­cov­ered an Al­toid’s mint con­tainer con­tain­ing a cut straw used to in­hale nar­cotics.

Af­ter the med­i­cal ex­am­iner re­leased his au­topsy re­port in mid-Septem­ber, Mi­lano was in­ter­viewed on Sept. 26 by De­tec­tives Sminkey and Thomp­son where it was re­vealed that he was watch­ing TV with just an 8-year-old child and An­gelina with him in the home. An­gelina was up­stairs play­ing and when he hadn’t heard her for a while he went to check on her. The af­fi­davit says she was found in the bath­room look­ing groggy with a piece of blue pa­per in her mouth. He said he put a wet cloth over her fore­head and ran cold wa­ter over her head from the bath­tub faucet. There was no men­tion in this in­ter­view of leav­ing her in a bath­tub as we walked out of the bath­room.

Mi­lano then called Se­manyk who re­turned home from work and she said the baby was fine. They then ar­gued on tak­ing An­gelina to Delaware County Me­mo­rial or Lanke­nau hos­pi­tals for med­i­cal eval­u­a­tion. This is when Mi­lano called 911 the first time and al­legedly hung-up when Se­manyk said the baby was fine.

A de­ci­sion was made around 1 a.m. to call po­lice when An­gelina had “taken a turn for the worst.”

Se­manyk told de­tec­tives on Sept. 27 that when she came home from work on April 15 and she started per­form­ing CPR on the child who then be­gan to open her eyes. She di­rected Mi­lano to call 911 who then hung up.

Po­lice re­ceived ar­rest war­rants on Dec. 5 fol­low­ing a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the case against Mi­lano and Se­manyk for fail­ing to take the “nec­es­sary and rea­son­able steps to pro­vide life-sav­ing care to their daugh­ter.”

“On April 16 of this year Joseph Mi­lano and Lau­ren Se­manyk failed to do what com­plete strangers do ev­ery sin­gle day across our com­mon­wealth and in our county, and that’s save a life,” said Copeland. “As par­ents, as care­givers, as hu­man be­ings, when they knew that their 10-mon­thold baby girl had in­gested heroin, in­stead of tak­ing her to an emer­gency room and seek­ing med­i­cal as­sis­tance they waited hours, over six, call­ing po­lice and EMS only af­ter the baby girl had died.

“It’s ex­tremely dis­turb­ing and dis­heart­en­ing to have to pros­e­cute par­ents for the death of their own in­fant. The life of that in­fant could have been saved if they had con­tacted au­thor­i­ties im­me­di­ately.”

She added that it was at min­i­mum six hours from the first mo­ment An­gelina in­gested the con­trol sub­stance be­fore her par­ents called for help af­ter 1 a.m. on April 16.

“By that time, the baby had passed,” said Copeland.

Copeland said it took months to get the ar­rest as a re­sult of wait­ing for the med­i­cal ex­am­iner and tox­i­col­ogy re­ports, but, also that it took time to sort through the state­ments from the in­di­vid­u­als who “con­sis­tently pro­vide sto­ries that are com­pletely in­con­sis­tent with one an­other and in­con­sis­tent with the truth.”

Chit­wood said the cou­ple is not co­op­er­at­ing with po­lice.

Mi­lano and Se­manyk are due in court for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing be­fore Mag­is­te­rial Judge Kelly Mi­cozzieAguirre on Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m.

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Up­per Darby Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Chit­wood an­nounces the ar­rest of Joseph Mi­lano and Lau­ren Se­manyk for the over­dose death of their 10-month-old daugh­ter An­gelina on April 16 af­ter she in­gested the drug in their home. With him are Delaware County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Katay­oun M. Copeland, Up­per Darby de­tec­tives Tom Thomp­son and Wil­liam Sminkey as well as Mayor Thomas Mi­cozzie, right.

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Lau­ren Se­manyk is led out of Dis­trict Court in Se­cane af­ter her ar­raign­ment for the over­dose death of her daugh­ter, 10-month-old An­gelina on April 16, af­ter the child in­gested the drug in her home. Also charged was her part­ner Joseph Mi­lano.

Lau­ren Se­manyk

Joseph Mi­lano

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Up­per Darby Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Chit­wood an­nounces the ar­rest of Joseph Mi­lano and Lau­ren Se­manyk for the over­dose death of their 10-month-old daugh­ter An­gelina on April 16 af­ter she in­gested the drug in their home. With him are Delaware County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Katay­oun M. Copeland, Up­per Darby de­tec­tives Tom Thomp­son, not shown, and Wil­liam Sminkey as well as Mayor Thomas Mi­cozzie.

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Up­per Darby Mayor Thomas Mi­cozzie speaks about the ar­rest of Joseph Mi­lano and Lau­ren Se­manyk for the over­dose death of their 10-month-old daugh­ter An­gelina on April 16 af­ter she in­gested the drug in their home. With him are Delaware County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Katay­oun M. Copeland, Up­per Darby de­tec­tives Tom Thomp­son and Wil­liam Sminkey and po­lice Supt. Mike Chit­wood.

PETE BANNAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Delaware County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Katay­oun M. Copeland speaks about the ar­rest of Joseph Mi­lano and Lau­ren Se­manyk for the over­dose death of their 10-month-old daugh­ter An­gelina on April 16 af­ter she in­gested the drug in their home.

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