25 January 2024- An alleged Chambersburg drug dealer is behind bars today after police charge her with drug delivery resulting in death and the murder of the victim’s unborn child. Amanda Mary Yost is charged with felony drug delivery resulting in death, felony homicide of an unborn child, felony third degree murder of an unborn child, felony possession with intent to distribute, felony criminal use of a communication facility, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Yost is being held at Franklin County jail on $150,000 bail.
Chambersburg PD investigators were dispatched to a home in the borough, along with CFD, around 3:30am on September 10th for a reported drowning. Once on scene, EMS personnel determined the drowning to actually be a suspected drug overdose after revival efforts were attempted. First responders determined the woman to be pregnant at the time of her death, with an immediate urine screen of the victim showing the presence of fentanyl in her system.
In the bathroom with the victim, police allegedly found a red Solo cup with a small amount of water, a green pill capsule, and a bottle cap that contained a discolored piece of cotton. A syringe was located by CPD in the bathtub next to a piece of clothing. Also, crucially, located on scene was a cell phone belonging to the victim.
A forensic analysis of the cell phone allegedly found Amanda Yost’s number in it, as well as messages to a Facebook account associated with Yost. Those messages to Yost were allegedly immediately prior to the victim’s death.
Investigators also managed to access borough camera footage outside Yost’s Fourth Street apartment from days prior to the victim’s death. These videos reportedly show the victim in the area of Yost’s home for about 10 minutes before leaving. This includes on the evening of September 9th, the day prior to the death of the victim.
A search warrant was then executed on Yost’s N Fourth Street apartment four days after the initial death. During a search, police allegedly found multiple green capsules of the same color and size of the ones found in the victim’s bathroom, some containing a white powder. Additionally, police allegedly found a bag of syringes nearby.
An autopsy was conducted on the victim, with the results being made available to investigators on November 20th. The report listed the cause of death as “mixed drug toxicity including clonazepam, fentanyl, and xylazine complicated by drowning. The victim’s unborn child was estimated by doctors to be about 20-21 weeks gestation at the time of its death.
Amanda Yost is behind bars on $150,000 bail. Her preliminary hearing is set for February 6th.
Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39201-CR-0000023-2024, Incident No.: C202310500