DA: Heroin addiction likely played role in Scott Township deaths


SCOTT TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Lackawanna County District Attorney now believes a drug addiction may have played a role in two deaths Thursday in Scott Township.

A 21-year-old man who was wanted for robbery and his mother were both found dead inside their home.

The two people found dead have been identified as 21-year-old Daniel Singer and his 58-year-old mother Bonni Shelp.

While the coroner is waiting for toxicology tests to say exactly how each person died, prosecutors believe both people struggled with drug addictions.

The two bodies were found inside the family’s home on Manning Road around 5:00 PM Thursday.

Investigators say neither had violent physical injuries and they now believe heroin likely played a role in both deaths.

“Here we have a 58-year-old professional attorney and a 21-year-old young man, each who battled with addiction,” Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon said.

Investigators say at the scene they recovered some drugs along with empty packets which heroin usually comes in.

“It’s a very small, very small village, kind of everybody knows everybody so for something like this to happen, yeah, it is very shocking to hear something like that going on,” Jim Hunt of Scott Township said.

The deaths have shocked neighbors in Scott Township who say this situation shows that addiction doesn’t discriminate.

“We didn’t know them well but we knew our neighbors and never thought anything like that would happen along this road, let alone with that family either,” Kevin Manning of Scott Township said.

The same day Daniel Singer was found dead, a warrant had been issued for his arrest in connection with a purse snatching in Clarks Summit earlier in the week.

His mother was the former Guardian Ad Litem for Lackawanna County until this past May.

In that role, she was an attorney who represented the interest of children in court cases.

Her loss is now being felt around the Lackawanna County court system.

“She touched the lives of countless children and families as well as the other members of our court family,” Lackawanna County court administrator Frank Castellano said.

Prosecutors confirm they went to the family’s home just before noon Thursday to serve a search warrant connected to the purse snatching case but no one answered the door.

Both bodies were found by family members around 5:00 PM.

Officials say the investigation is still ongoing. It could take several weeks for toxicology test results to come back.

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