Published January 13, 2015
A woman will spend nearly three years in prison for sickening a 2-year-old boy with secondhand smoke from crack cocaine, among other crimes.
Mary Lou Makley, 45, of Beaver, has been sentenced to 33 to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to simple assault in the secondhand smoke case, plus unrelated theft and forgery charges.
Police say Makley had the mother's permission to take the boy shopping when she stopped at a friend's house in Aliquippa and smoked crack near the boy on May 13. Police say the boy's mother took him to the hospital when he later complained of stomach pains and his blood tested positive for cocaine.
The boy has recovered.