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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. 

Think Twice February 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM
I will never understand the bail sentences... rapists get bail for $20,000 and these guys get $250,000? How does that make sense? At least this seems like a terrible accident.
T February 21, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Really? An accident that they were doing drugs in the presence of a 9 month old. I'm glad the bail is high (no pun intended). Not condoning $20k for a rapist by any means. They are lucky the poor baby didn't die!
Rocky February 21, 2014 at 03:43 PM
What is wrong with people? Why are there so many idiots amongst us? Nothing that should happen to these buffoons will happen to them, and life goes on.
mahwahwian February 21, 2014 at 06:33 PM
here's why 250 k mahwahwian From May, 07,2013 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"
Mahwah Resident February 21, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Can someone please start a community fundraiser for a sterilization procedure for both of these idiots? Do we really need them to screw up more kids ?
nextdoor February 23, 2014 at 12:09 AM
May this beautiful baby find a safe, stable and loving home

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