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Home's 'Deplorable' Condition Lands Child in Protective Custody

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
April 03, 2017
Posted in: Crime and Police News

An infant is in foster care after McKeesport police responding to a reported heroin overdose discovered the child living in what officers described as "deplorable" conditions.

According to an incident report, McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service paramedics and city police were dispatched to a home on Banker Street at 9:39 a.m. March 12 for a suspected overdose. When they arrived, paramedics were able to revive the overdose victim, 20, with a dose of the antidote Narcan.

Police interviewed the victim's parents as well as two house guests, one of whom was 17 years old, and learned that the victim was found lying on the bathroom floor, unresponsive.

Police searched the home and found a stamp-sized bag of suspected heroin as well as empty stamp bags, an uncapped hypodermic needle, and other evidence of suspected drug use, according to the report.

While searching the home, police heard a disturbance downstairs, where a MARS paramedic had discovered a 49-year-old woman lying on top of an infant.

Police said the woman appeared to be under the influence of heroin or some other narcotic.

Police said the 49-year-old woman was the mother of the first victim, and the grandmother of the infant.

Paramedics transported the victim, her mother and the infant to a hospital for evaluation.

According to the report, police found garbage throughout the home, as well as a box cutter next to the baby's crib, a "filthy" refrigerator and unwashed dishes and floors throughout the home.

Two residents of the home, a woman, 20, and a man, 63, were charged by McKeesport police with two counts each of endangering the welfare of children. The 49-year-old woman was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children along with possession of suspected heroin.

The infant was turned over to the care of the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families, police said, while the 17-year-old was released to the custody of his mother.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 8 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

(Editor's Note: Tube City Almanac is not publishing the names of the adults involved in this incident to protect the identities of the children involved.)

Originally published April 03, 2017.

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