WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police are investigating the mother of two children who were passed out when they arrived at an Ohio hospital Tuesday, saying she is their main suspect at a press conference Wednesday morning.
Police believe that the kids had opiates in their system but are waiting for toxicology reports to be sure. Those reports could be done as soon as the end of the day, according to Warren Police Detective Nick Carney, who said the kids, “were in a situation they shouldn’t have been in.”
Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron is now taking care of the kids.
Warren Police Captain Robert Massucci said the kids were breathing, but in an unnatural manner, when police first saw them.
The Trumbull County Children Services Board is working hand-in-hand with Warren Police in the case.
A woman and her mother brought the woman’s two children to Trumbull Memorial Hospital just before noon.
Both children, one nine months old and the other 21 months, were resuscitated using naloxone.
Tim Schaffner, executive director of Trumbull County Children Services, confirmed that the hospital staff used the drug naloxone to revive the children. Naloxone is the generic form of the drug Narcan, which is used as an agent to reverse the effects of heroin and other opioid overdoses.
“We’re thankful almost every day, actually, that Narcan’s now in the arsenal that we can save lives,” Schaffner said.
Warren police and the Warren City Fire Department went to a home on Randolph Street N.W. in connection with the children’s condition. After investigators got the consent to search the house, they walked through the home looking for clues as to what may have happened to the children.
Detectives are not releasing details about what they uncovered, but Trumbull County Children Services has been brought in on the case.
Both children were treated and are set to be released from the hospital some time Wednesday. Schaffner said that the children will eventually go to a temporary foster home, but police temporarily took them from their parents based on a seldom-used law.
“The police can invoke emergency temporary custody for us if there is serious suspicion of abuse or neglect and there’s not an obvious safe family member to place a child with,” Schaffner said.