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Erased Text Messages Reveal Couple Knew Baby Ingested Drugs, Police Say

Mahwah man and Wyckoff woman were arrested this week when child became 'unresponsive' after apparently ingesting drugs, prosecutor says.

Tomat and Bradbury. Credit: Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
Tomat and Bradbury. Credit: Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

An unemployed couple was arrested this week after authorities say the woman's 9-month-old baby ingested drugs they had in their North Jersey home.

Tara Bradbury, 23, of Wyckoff, and her boyfriend, Mark Tomat, 25, of Mahwah, were arrested this week and charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of a child, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli announced in a release Friday.

According to Molinelli, the couple called 911 and brought the child to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood when he became “unresponsive” last Saturday night. The baby also had a bump on his head and was transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York due to swelling in his brain, Molinelli said.

When Wyckoff police officers and Division of Child Protection and Permanency agents responded to Bradbury’s Wyckoff home, they found the drug suboxone, an opioid-based drug, and drug paraphernalia in the house, authorities said. 

Both Bradbury and Tomat, who were at the house when the baby became unresponsive, said they did not know why, Molinelli said.

During an investigation into the incident, Valley Hospital doctors advised police that the baby responded to the drug Narcan, “which is administered to counteract the effect of opiates in the system,” he said.

When the couple surrendered their cell phones, cops found erased text messages of them saying they both knew the child had ingested the drugs, and they planned to deny knowing that if questioned by authorities, Molinelli said in the release.

According to authorities, Tomat was arrested at his Mahwah home on Tuesday, and Bradbury was arrested in New York Wednesday by the NYPD, and then returned to New Jersey, authorities said.

Both were remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail each, the release said.

Prosecutor’s Office representatives said Friday morning they did not know the condition of the baby, but were looking into getting an update on it.

The investigation into this incident was conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Wyckoff Police Department. 

John Briggs February 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM
This is just awful. How on earth do you allow a nine month old baby to come into contact with drugs? terrible
ctrnj February 21, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Very sad.
ctrnj February 21, 2014 at 01:42 PM
I hope the little baby recovers from the head injury and the drugs.
Cherie McLaughlin February 21, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Poor baby
Donna Macaluso February 21, 2014 at 04:26 PM
Now the evil drugs pouring in to our community are affecting even our children's children! I'm praying for this innocent baby; this opiate/heroin epidemic has to be stopped!
Q February 21, 2014 at 06:07 PM
Mikka H February 22, 2014 at 01:38 PM
2 pillars of the community .....and one or both being treated for a heroine addiction sans the suboxone and they have a child at 23 years of age....what's wrong with this picture?
mahwahwian February 22, 2014 at 02:05 PM
From May, 07,2013 Mahwah patch ....................................................................... "While serving a warrant to a home on Wilmuth Street in Mahwah, police arrested Craig Tomat, 21, on charges of possession with intent to distribute “Molly,” or methylenedioxethylamphetamine, a crystal form of ecstasy, as well as possession of oxycodone, acid, Xanax, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, Batelli said. Mark Tomat, 24, was arrested on marijuana, oxycodone, and drug paraphernalia possession charges, Batelli said"
Mikka H February 22, 2014 at 04:18 PM
We'll there ya go..... Guess where this story ends.......yep, you guessed it.


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