5-year-old Middletown boy reports parents' overdose

Barsaba Taglieri
Mag 20, 2017

Johnson admitted to police that he was using heroin, according to a police report.

A 5-year-old boy walked two blocks for help Thursday morning after his parents overdosed on heroin, leaving a 3-month-old baby strapped in a vehicle seat. "All of a sudden, he starts saying, 'Mom and Dad's dead, Mom and Dad's dead!'"

Currey said he was heartbroken for Marshall, his stepdaughter, but proud that his grandson was quick and courageous enough to find an adult who could save her life.

CNN is not naming the boy or his parents to protect their privacy.

When police got to the home of the boy, they found both of his parents unconscious and a 3-month-old baby girl crying in a vehicle seat in the living room, the Dayton Daily News reports. "How can something so awesome be so sad all at the same time?" police wrote in the post. "They are supposed to be her guardians and never let anything bad happen to her".

WLWT reported after the parents overdosed, a 5-year-old boy walked two blocks barefoot to his stepgrandfather's house, knocked on the door and said his parents were dead.

It took seven doses of Narcan to revive Marshall. She was transported to an area hospital and revived.

OH is one of many states battling a heroin epidemic. Earlier this year, a coroner's office in OH reported it was running out of room to store bodies due to the number of deaths caused by drug overdoses.

Both parents have been taken into custody and are charged with two counts of endangering children and disorderly conduct.

The boy was taken to the police department and Middletown police Chief Rodney Muterspaw declared him a hero. WCPO says the children are now in the care of their grandmother.

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