Police have applauded a 10-year-old after he called 911 after both his mother and grandmother managed to overdose on heroin at the same time, according to WPXI.
Kristin Garrett, 32, and Janet Garrett, 72, allegedly overdosed while watching the boy and his 4-year-old sister on June 22. After finding the unresponsive women on the living room floor, the 10-year-old ran to a neighbor’s house and called police, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Before calling 911, the two children frantically tried to wake up the Garretts by “yelling their names and shaking them,” according to the criminal complaint. Police said the kids were left alone for at least half an hour after the pair allegedly overdosed.
“How would you ever get over that memory?” a neighbor asked reporters. “That’d be just something you carry the rest of your life.”
Emergency personnel said it took three doses of Narcan to revive Kristin and Janet. An officer asked Kristin what she had taken and she presented four empty stamp bags marked “stolen” in red ink from her left pocket, an affidavit revealed.
The father came to the home and took custody of his two children. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that he told detectives that the mother and grandmother were doing heroin together and that he was afraid to leave home to go to work.
Kristin and Janet Garrett were charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.
The children are currently in their father’s custody. Children and Youth Services (CYS) is investigating the case.
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