Woman charged with endangering welfare of child
A Palmerton woman is in jail after passing out from opioid use while in the presence of her young child.
Cheyenne Parr, 21, faces charges on one count each of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Sgt. Christopher Ritter of the Palmerton Borough Police Department:
At 2:58 p.m. July 3, Palmerton police units were dispatched along with Emergency Medical Services to a drug overdose at an apartment in the borough.
Upon arrival, officers found Parr sitting on the bathroom floor unresponsive and barely breathing.
Her skin had a pale, waxy tone and her breaths were labored and guttural, signs Ritter recognized from his training and numerous prior incidents to be signs of an opioid overdose.
Ritter also recalled Parr overdosing on at least two other occasions that he had responded to, and he had administered Narcan to her in one instance.
Parr regained consciousness and was soon able to walk out to the ambulance for transport to Palmerton Hospital.
Police then spoke with Parr’s roommates, who explained that Parr has been in a back bedroom for at least an hour, watching television with her 3-year-old daughter.
Parr came out of the bedroom in a panic, unable to catch her breath, and they guided her into the bathroom, where she lost consciousness. They then called 911.
Officers checked the bedroom that Parr had come from, and found the child lying on the floor with a pillow under her head, propped against the bed.
After removing the child from the room, officers found a syringe which contained a small amount of liquid under the pillow.
On the floor within arm’s reach of the child, was an open-top woman’s handbag, which contained three more syringes, three spoons with sooty residue, a glass pipe with sooty residue, and numerous wax baggies with powdery residue, all items commonly used to store, prepare and ingest heroin and other controlled substances.
Parr is currently lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 straight bail.
Parr is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.