Parents Overdosed With Heroin Found Endangering Children
Parents from Ohio were arrested on child endangerment charges on Tuesday. Husband and wife were discovered overdosed by the police in separate locations with their children.
Nathan Carroll, 29, was found by the police with an infant in the backseat after his car stirred off the road. Samantha Schigel, 24, was found in their home, overdosed and in the presence of their other children.
Lorain police officials went to the couple's home to inform Schigel that they found Carroll overdosed. A child answered the door and said that her mom was sleeping and could not be woken up. Not all the children in the home had the same parents according to WCVB.
That was when the police determine that Schigel also had an overdose. Both parents were given naloxone, a heroin overdose antidote that reverses the effect of the drug. They were then taken to Mercy Hospital in Lorain.
Schigel told the police they had snorted a powder they believed to be heroin. Based on the police report, she said it was her first time to use the drug and she did it to treat pain.
Schigel was arrested for endangering children, while Carroll was arrested for implied consent to test, operating a vehicle under the influence, endangering children, driving under suspension and failure to control according to ABC News.
Children services was contacted and the five children were released to their respective paternal grandfathers. It was unclear whether Carroll and Schigel had attorneys.
In Ohio, more than 3,300 people have died from accidental drug overdose in 2015. It went up by 21.5 percent from the previous year based on the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ohio is among the five states with the highest death rates linked to drug overdoses.