CRIME

Prosecutors: Mom who gave baby methadone pleads guilty

A New Jersey mother who prosecutors say gave her 7-month-old daughter methadone has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the baby's death.

The Atlantic County prosecutor says 32-year-old Lisa Scalia admitted her guilt Thursday in a plea deal. She will have to serve six years of an eight-year prison sentence before she is eligible for parole.

Authorities say Scalia gave her baby methadone and rolled onto her daughter while she was high on drugs. They say the baby died from the methadone.

The child was found unconscious Jan. 3 at Scalia's home in Ventnor and died five days later at a hospital.

Authorities say Scalia had 34 bags of heroin and 10 oxycodone pills.