Ohio is one of the many states that had to endure a hard-to-kill heroin endemic. It is getting out of hand to the point that they are running out of space to store the dead bodies. Only a few survives a drug overdose, either are lucky, not their time yet, or they have a hero.
On May 18, Middletown Division police officers received a disturbing call.
“Officers Ryan Morgan and Trey Porter arrived on scene along with the fire department and went to the boy’s home and found that both parents had overdosed on heroin.”
A 5-year-old boy walked two blocks on Tuesday morning to his grandfather’s house. The boy knocked on the door and started saying ‘Mom and Dad are dead, Mom and Dad are dead’. The old man ran back to the house together with his grandson and there he saw his son and stepdaughter lying motionless on the ground.
“When I walked up the steps and seen him lying on the bathroom floor and her in the hallway, I immediately called 911 because I knew what was up,” Kenneth Currey, the young boy’s grandfather narrated.
The cops arrived and found the parents, Lee Johnson and Chelsie Marshall lying unconscious on the floor. Aside from the boy who ran for help, there’s a 3-month old baby girl inside the house. The grandfather comforted the young boy and her younger sister, while they sit in the car outside while the cops do their jobs.
Johnson was given Narcan, a medication that is used to reverse heroin and opioid overdoses, and woke up soon afterward admitting that both he and his wife used heroin. Marshall, still unconscious, was taken to the hospital and had received a total of 14 Narcan doses. Her husband, on the other hand, was handcuffed and brought to jail. The parents face charges of imperiling their children, a count of disorderly conduct with heroin, and possibly more charges.
The children were brought to the Middletown police department where the boy was given a badge for his bravery and was then brought to their grandparents’ custody.
“This 5-year-old child, a hero, saved 3 lives today. How can something so awesome be so sad all at the same time? We brought the young boy and infant into the police department after the incident. He was given a badge for being so brave.”
“I’m very proud of the boy, very proud of him, but it’s just tragedy,” Currey told the station.
Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw cautioned that the situation could’ve gotten out of hand.
“Parents, wake up,” he advised. “People that are doing this, you’re not just hurting you, you’re hurting your families and your kids. I mean, this could’ve turned out really bad for two children that don’t deserve it.”
“IT HAS TO STOP! PLEASE get help before it’s too late. Not only to save yourself but to save your kids. Give these kids a chance by getting help. If you or someone you love has a drug problem, please seek help right now.”
Thanks to the bravery of the young boy, their parents are alive. But either way, the children were put in danger and were abandoned all because of opioid.