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Officials: Man, woman likely died of heroin overdoses; baby of dehydration, starvation

The man and woman that were found dead inside a Kernville home likely died of heroin overdoses, while their 5-month-old baby daughter died three to four days later of dehydration and starvation, officials said. (WJAC)

JOHNSTOWN – The man and woman that were found dead inside a Kernville home likely died of heroin overdoses, while their 5-month-old baby daughter died three to four days later of dehydration and starvation, officials said.

Coroner Jeff Lees listed the deceased as Jason Chambers, 27; Chelsea Cardaro, 19; and Summer Chambers, five months.

All are from New York, but a neighbor said the three had been living in the house since May.

Lees said Chambers was found in the first floor living room in the house in the 700 block of Thomas Avenue; Cardaro in a second floor bathroom and the baby in a bassinet in a second floor bedroom.

Although Lees is awaiting toxicology reports on the two adults, he and Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan both said heroin was recovered inside the house.

Lees said at a news conference Friday afternoon at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center that Jason Chambers and Cardaro “likely died within minutes of each other.”

Lees added that the two adults “appear to have been dead for seven days.” He said the baby lived another “three to four days” before dying.

Johnstown police Capt. Chad Miller said authorities had been called to the house in November after Jason Chambers overdosed before being revived with Narcan.

Miller said Children and Youth Services checked on the welfare of the baby on Dec. 7.

Miller said the last time anyone saw the two adults and baby was on Dec. 11.


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