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February 12, 2014

Drug case advances to county court

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown woman who police said threw a 4-month-old baby as authorities searched her apartment for drugs will answer the criminal charges in Cambria County court.

Tyanne Hamer, 20, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Michael Musulin of Johnstown.

City police officers and an agent from the state Attorney General’s Office arrived at Hamer’s Oakhurst Homes apartment with a search warrant on Jan. 31.

Police said Hamer began screaming at the officers while children ages 4 months and 3 and 5 years old were in the room.

When told she was being arrested, Hamer allegedly threw the infant across the couch.

“Our goal is to ensure the safety of the children long term and insure that she at some point gets drug and alcohol treatment,” Assistant District Attorney Jessica Aurandt said Wednesday.

Police said they found drug paraphernalia and several baggies of suspected heroin.

Aurandt said it’s not clear if the infant was hurt because the family members who are caring for the children were not in court.

Public defender David Raho said no criminal charge was filed for throwing the child.

The 5-year-old child told police her mother places a substance on a spoon, “adds a little water then puts her lighter under it until it boils.” She “puts the boiled stuff in the needle. She gives herself a shot in the arm,” police said in an affidavit of probable cause filed against Hamer.

Hamer was charged with endangering the welfare of children, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was returned to the Cambria County Prison, where she is being held on $50,000 percentage bond.

Raho said he will ask the judge this week to lower her bond.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on

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