A 26-year-old man was convicted of child endangerment Tuesday, May 9, 2023, for the overdose death of his 4-month-old son last year in Bensalem.
Daniel Scott Howarth was found guilty by Common Pleas Judge Gary B. Gilman on charges of child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was sentenced to one year less one day to two years less one day in the Bucks County Correctional Facility followed by five years of probation. Howarth cannot be granted parole without entering a long-term drug treatment plan, the judge ordered.
During the 2-day waiver trial that began on Monday, Gilman heard testimony from Bensalem Police Officers and Detectives who responded to 4900 block of Oak Avenue to try and save the baby.
Emotional bodycam footage was played during the trial, showing police and paramedics attempting to save the baby. Additionally, photos were presented as evidence that showed a home in disarray with trash, dirty dishes and old food scattered about and drug baggies, syringes, and a tourniquet inside the bedroom where the baby slept.