Mother charged for injecting 14-year-old daughter with heroin

34-year-old Lynn Riffey has been charged 

for repeatedly injecting her 14-year-old daughter and another teen with heroin, prosecutors said Monday, October 6. The Chester County district attorney’s office alleged that the Philadelphia woman supplied the 14-year-old girl and a 

16-year-old boy with heroin and 

injected them multiple times last 

month. She also tied a string around 

their arms to hide 

their veins.

Riffey was charged with corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of 

children and drug delivery.

She was jailed in lieu of $50,000 

pending a preliminary hearing Friday. Prosecutors also alleged that Riffey’s boyfriend supplied heroin for the 

teens to snort. He has been charged separately with drug dealing and other offenses.

District Attorney Thomas Hogan said 

the family lived in a trailer in which 

numerous people were using heroin. 

He said the mother was supposed to be caring for and protecting her daughter 

and instead exposed her to the drug and enabled her use of it.

“It’s hard to make that leap as a parent,

 to think how you end up in that position,” Hogan said.

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