Ohio cops hail boy as hero after his parents overdose on heroin

Friday, May 19, 2017, 10:33 AM
Authorities in Ohio believe a 5-year-old boy may have saved three lives after his parents overdosed on heroin with their 3-month-old baby nearby.

The boy, believing his parents were dead, walked two blocks in the dark early Thursday morning to alert another relative, according to the Middletown Police Department.

Emergency responders used a drug-overdose antidote to revive Lee Johnson and Chelsie Marshall after finding them on the floor of a home in Middletown, 25 miles north of Cincinnati.

In addition, the baby was found in a car seat nearby.

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"The mother took 14 hits of Narcan to be revived," Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw told Fox 19. "I think the dad took one. But the kids got help and thankfully for him ... because if they would have passed, or if they would have died, who knows what was going to happen to that three month old baby in the car seat, or how long she would have been there."

Cops praised the 5-year-old boy on Facebook and gave him a badge for his show of courage.

"This 5 year old child, a hero, saved 3 lives today," Middletown cops wrote. "How can something so awesome be so sad all at the same time?"

The Facebook post lamented the parents' behavior, and noted they were charged with child endangering.

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"We are sick and tired of some people not caring about their kids enough to allow this to happen," cops said.

Cops posted resources for people who need help, including a heroin treatment center.

With News Wire Services


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