Bail denied for woman in teen drug case

July 24, 1999|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A Harford County judge denied bail yesterday to a woman who was charged with attempted murder after three teen-agers overdosed on prescription medication and were hospitalized.

Felicia Marie Chapman, 25, of the 300 block of Adair Court in Joppatowne, has been charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

County sheriff's deputies found more than 200 prescription drugs, including muscle relaxants and morphine, in Chapman's townhouse after officers found two of the teen-agers unconscious there Thursday.

Officials have declined to release the names of the two boys and one girl, ages 14 to 16, because they are juveniles.

Investigators said yesterday that one boy was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, the other boy was in good condition at Fallston General Hospital, and the girl was in stable condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore.

Police received a call Thursday that an unconscious teen had been dumped in a field behind Chapman's home. Deputies later found two other unconscious teen-agers in her home.

A witness told investigators that Chapman ordered him to force pills down the victims' throats while they were semiconscious.

Investigators said the witness, a juvenile, told them Chapman threatened to have him harmed if he didn't do as she said.

Neighbors said Chapman's home was a hangout for area youths. Officials are investigating a possible motive.

Chapman is being held at the Harford County Detention Center.

Pub Date: 7/24/99

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