Pennsylvania parents accused of exposing their child to drugs and forcing him to live in squalid conditions have pleaded guilty to child endangerment The Reporter.
Nicole Stinger, 30, and Dennis Murphy Jr., 28, both pleaded guilty on Monday after being charged with endangering the welfare of a child, following a January 2017 incident in which police were called to their home.
Authorities stated that they found a variety of hard drugs and one scared 6-year-old boy who had been forced to live in substandard conditions, which included no running water and containers of urine and bags of feces in the living area.
The boy reportedly told Stinger and Murphy would often “give themselves needles in their necks” after mixing in a white substance, according to the arrest affidavit.
“(The child) stated his parents would then hold their breath and inject the ‘water’ into their necks,” said county detective Kathleen Kelly.
The 6-year-old also told police that he had ready access to hypodermic needles in addition to confirming that his parents smoked marijuana in front of him.
“(The child) also stated he has touched the tip of a hypodermic needle with his finger and it hurt him,” Kelly said. “(The child) stated that he feels very scared when his parents use needles in their necks and scared and angry when his parents smoke ‘weed.’”
Murphy was sentenced up to 23 months behind bars, with a year of probation to follow. Stinger was sentenced to four years of probation and mandatory addiction supervision.
Child social workers have taken custody of the unidentified 6-year-old boy. Stinger and Murphy will be allowed to see him but must have supervision.
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