Felony charges sought in overdose
"It certainly underscores the importance of the work law enforcement is doing to educate the community about the dangers of heroin and its prevalence in and around the Rock County region," Milton Police Chief Jerry Schuetz said.
"It's very concerning and very disturbing to see such young individuals experience with heroin in our community."
Police are asking the Rock County District Attorney's Office to charge a 15-year-old Milton boy with felony distribution of controlled substances to minors, Schuetz said.
They are asking prosecutors to charge Lori Bone, 32, formerly of 438 Woodcrest Lane, Milton, with felony failure to render aid and felony contributing to the delinquency of minors, he said.
The investigation revealed that Bone knew "for some time" that the juveniles had used heroin, and she refused to render aid or call police, Schuetz said.
"From our investigation, (she was) more concerned about her own interest than the interest of the kids who had consumed the heroin," he said.
The 15-year-old boy was at Bone's Milton home May 16 when he found heroin in her bedroom, Schuetz said.
The boy took the drugs and shared them with two friends, he said.
The three teens snorted the heroin in the home and went to an area park, Schuetz said.
While at the park, the teens began to suffer from overdose symptoms, including vomiting, he said.
Another teen happened to be at the park and saw the kids vomiting, Schuetz said.
He suspected the teens were overdosing on heroin and called a man he knew was a heroin user, he said.
The heroin user arrived at the park with Narcan, a drug used to revive victims of a heroin overdose, Schuetz said.
The user gave the drug to one of the teens who had passed out, he said.
The teens later returned to the home where they got the heroin, Schuetz said, and an adult called police.
Milton police investigated the incident for two weeks before requesting charges be filed.
Police believe the teens were not regular heroin users, Schuetz said, suggesting it was an isolated incident.
Bone has fled to Michigan, he said, and she is not cooperating with police.
Police have requested a warrant for her arrest, but her exact location is unknown, Schuetz said.
The 15-year-old boy is living at home and cooperating with police, he said.
The Rock County Special Investigations Unit helped with the investigation.