Five additional people have been arrested in connection with the January drug-related death of 3-year-old Logan Starliper at a home in the first block of West Baltimore Street in Greencastle. The announcement last week brings the total to eight people charged as a result of the girl's death, including her mother Brittany N. Higgins.
Logan was found dead around 9 p.m. Jan. 6 at 43 W. Baltimore St., Unit B. Her death was due to mixed substance toxicity, methamphetamine and buprenophine, according to Franklin County District Attorney Matthew D. Fogal.
In March, Higgins and her boyfriend, Brian P. Bennett were charged with third-degree murder, drug delivery resulting in death, involuntary manslaughter, two counts of endangering the welfare of children and violating the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.
Rodney A. Mower of Fayetteville was charged with drug delivery resulting in death.
Additional charges filed last week against the trio include Higgins, criminal use of a communications facility; Bennett, drug delivery and criminal use of a communications facility; and Mower, corrupt organizations, criminal use of a communications facility and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.
Higgins, Bennett and Mower are being held in Franklin County Jail.
On Wednesday, five others were charged in the case as the result of the findings of the Franklin County Investigative Grand Jury:Larry P. Crawford, 49, of Waynesboro, drug delivery resulting in death, corrupt organizations, drug delivery, criminal use of a communication facility, and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity. Brittany K. Baker, 28, of Waynesboro, drug delivery, corrupt organizations and criminal use of a communications facility. Kelly Michael Monn, 26, of Waynesboro, corrupt organizations, criminal use of a communications facility, and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity. Daniel A. Schultz, 45, of Waynesboro, corrupt organizations, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, and criminal use of a communication facility. Michael L. Gatrell, 44, of Chambersburg, corrupt organizations, criminal use of a communications facility, and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.
Crawford, Baker, Monn and Schultz were arrested week and are in Franklin County Jail. Baker, Monn and Schultz are being held in lieu of $150,000 bail each; Crawford is being held in lieu of $700,000 bail.
A warrant was issued for Gatrell, who has been located in Kentucky and is being held pending extradition back to Pennsylvania.
Since the initial arrests, the investigation has been ongoing by members of the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Investigations Unit and Vice Unit as well as members of the Franklin County Drug Task Force, Franklin County District Attorney’s Office and Franklin County Coroner’s Office, according to a news release from Fogal's office.
Fogal reiterated the statement he made in March, "The death of this sweet, innocent little girl is the most heartbreaking example of the danger the overdose epidemic has brought to our community and region. We will continue to avenge her and will not rest or tire in working to prevent this from happening to others.”
Chain of events
According to state police, Greencastle police were called on Jan. 6 about a deceased toddler in her home on West Baltimore Street.
When police arrived, they found 3-year-old Logan Starliper dead in her bed, with discoloration around her mouth, eyes and cheeks.
Upon questioning, Higgins told police her daughter was put to bed at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and Bennett "peeked" at her through a crack in the door around 10 a.m. on Jan. 6 and thought she was still sleeping. The toddler was not checked on until 9 p.m. on Jan. 6, according to police, when Higgins discovered her and called 911.
Higgins told police she and Bennett injected meth on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5.
According to police, Higgins said she kept her meth in a bag on the top shelf of their closet so that the kids would not get it. Her other drugs, she said, were locked in a safe and Bennett kept his Subutex on a stand by his bed.
Bennett told police he kept his meth on his person and used it as soon as he could.
Upon further investigation, police learned the duo got their drugs from Mower on Jan. 4 and 5.
Mower told police the two would place a baby gate across their bedroom door to keep their children out of their room while they prepared and injected meth.