Police: Mother charged in daughter’s drowning intimidated witness

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – The mother and uncle of a 3-year-old girl who drowned in a home swimming pool last summer have been arrested on new charges they intimidated a witness in their involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment case.

Tiffany Graham, 23, of Carlisle, and her brother, 18-year-old Austin Biller, sent intimidating messages through Facebook to the witness a few hours after a preliminary hearing Wednesday where all charges against them were bound for court, Lower Swatara Township police said in charging documents.

The complaint states that Biller told the witness he wanted to talk to him in person then messaged, “This ain’t something that’s getting hidden,” and “I’ll go to your work if I have to.” Graham told the witness he is the worst kind of person and karma will catch up to him. Police said she texted, “What comes around, goes around and I’m a firm believer of that.”

Biller was arraigned Friday on the felony count and sent to Dauphin County Prison on $250,000 bail. Graham was given $100,000 bail and placed on electronic monitoring.

Graham’s daughter died July 31 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center after she was found in a pool near Biller’s home in Lower Swatara Township.

Biller told investigators he fell asleep while watching his niece and she was gone when he awoke. He said he searched the house and the neighborhood for her, but police said he didn’t call 911 to report her missing until emergency vehicles arrived in the area more than an hour later.

Graham is accused of putting her daughter in an unsafe place because the girl had wandered off before while in her brother’s care.

In May 2015, Graham’s daughter was found walking outside alone when her brother and father were supposed to be watching her, and both men were babysitting the girl in December 2015 when police said she walked outside alone for about 30-40 minutes wearing only a diaper, authorities said.

Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download our News App and our Weather App for your phone and tablet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s