A Philadelphia couple is facing charges after their 16-month-old son overdosed from chewing on a heroin baggie.
Around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Greg Searl, 42, came home to find his girlfriend and 16-month-old son unconscious, KYW-TV reports.
The two had overdosed on heroin.
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) February 6, 2019
Police believe the toddler retrieved discarded heroin baggies from a trash can and began chewing on them.
Searl took the child Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Doctors were able to revive the boy using Narcan before he was transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Further, Upper Darby Police tweeted about the child’s recovery.
The scourge of heroin almost claimed another life. 16 month old child ingests drugs left behind by household member. Lucky to be alive after being treated at hospital. More to follow.
— Upper Darby Police (@UDPolice) February 5, 2019
The department said:
The scourge of heroin almost claimed another life.16 month old child ingests drugs left behind by household member. Lucky to be alive after being treated at hospital. More to follow.
The toddler remains in guarded condition.
Although it is unclear whether or not Nora Boyle, 35, was transported to the hospital by Searl at the same time as her son, she also survived.
Following the incident, police obtained a search warrant. They discovered dozens of heroin baggies in the couple’s home.
Michael Chitwood, Upper Darby Police Superintendent, said:
“In my opinion, when children get into mom and dad or guardians’ habits, and those habits are drug addiction, then why should the poor child suffer? They are putting that baby in harm’s way. They are putting that baby at great human danger, and they deserve to be punished the way the law can punish them.”
As KYW-TV reports, a warrant for the woman’s arrest was put out and she was forced to surrender by 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Around 9:30 am, the Upper Darby Police tweeted photos of both parents mugshots and their charges.
Nora Boyle,35 and Greg Searl, 42 have been charged in the heroin overdose of their 16 month old son. Both have been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and related offenses. pic.twitter.com/lWqcs7Izj7
— Upper Darby Police (@UDPolice) February 6, 2019
Police have charged both parents with endangering the welfare of a child, as well as other related offenses.