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Woman charged after teen dies at her home

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Posted at 9:19 AM, Dec 29, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-24 09:19:10-05

State police say they've charged a 47-year-old woman with manslaughter after a teenage boy died when he ingested prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicine at her home.

Troopers say Brenda Roth failed to provide life-saving measures to a 15-year-old boy after he became unresponsive at her home in the Lewis County town of Denmark, 65 miles north of Syracuse.

Roth was also charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of tampering with evidence. Troopers say she allowed drug use by five teenagers at her residence.

Police say the 15-year-old was staying over at his friend's house when he was found dead early Sunday morning.

Roth is being held in the county jail. It couldn't immediately be determined if she has a lawyer.