Drugs allegedly discovered by nurses


Nurses at UPMC Altoona allegedly discovered narcotics and syringes in a food delivery June 17, leading to charges for two Duncansville women, court documents stated.

Christine A. Eger, 56, and Shannon L. Brubaker, 38, were arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio on multiple felony drug charges, according to court documents.

Hospital staff allegedly discovered 10 stamp bags filled with suspected heroin and a syringe in a candy box inside a Wendy’s bag, which was left for a patient on June 17, UPMC Altoona police reported.

The nurses searched the bag because on the previous night, the patient was visited by Brubaker and the two went into a bathroom together, after which, the patient’s mental state appeared altered, court documents stated.

After reviewing surveillance footage, police determined Eger allegedly delivered the food bag to a hospital greeter to be given to the patient while Brubaker waited in Eger’s vehicle, police reported.


The patient was allegedly unaware Eger was involved in the delivery, but agreed to write a statement incriminating Brubaker, court documents stated.

Bail for Brubaker and Eger were set at $30,000 cash each. Neither woman posted bail and were detained at Blair County Prison. Preliminary hearings for both are scheduled July 7 before DeAntonio, court documents stated.

Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 814-946-7458.


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