Heroin Death Investigation Leads Detectives to Rescue Abandoned Baby
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 4am, Cleveland Police Detectives assigned to the Narcotics Unit responded to Fulton Road and Henry Speeth Drive for a suspected heroin overdose death as part of the Heroin Involved Death Investigation Team. At that location, a 33 year old female was deceased inside of a vehicle and investigators suspected she had overdosed on heroin.
As Detectives Scott Moran, Tom Klamert and Lieutenant Jim Purcell worked to identify the deceased woman. They found her identification and a thorough inspection of the vehicle lead to detectives finding paperwork listing a name and address of a man in Lakewood. In an attempt to further investigate this matter and to make contact with friends or relatives, detectives responded to the address.
Upon arriving in Lakewood at 11am, detectives spoke with a downstairs neighbor who told them that the male they’d come to speak with had moved and that a woman now lived in his apartment with her baby. Detectives then went to her apartment and entered, finding a 2 year old baby girl inside, crying and looking for food. The baby girl was left in the apartment all alone. She was, however, in good health and unharmed.
Detectives made sure to give the little girl some food and made contact with the Department of Children and Family Services for placement purposes. The Department of Children and Family Services will see to it that the child is cared for until she can be reunited with family or otherwise placed.
The detectives’ due diligence and attention to detail in handling this case allowed for this little girl to be rescued and taken care of. It is frightening to think what could have happened had they not responded to the address.
Heroin related deaths are at an all-time high in our region and across the country. If you or someone you care about is suffering with addiction, we urge you to seek help! For information, see the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County at http://adamhscc.org/en-US/home.aspx