Parents charged with child endangerment after heroin OD while bathing son, 3

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MANCHESTER, NH – On December 4, 2014, Officer Christian Horn and Jonathan Duchesne responded to a Bethel Court address for two subjects overdosed on heroin while giving their child a bath. Upon arrival, they spoke with Mary MacDonald who stated she was the grandmother of the unattended 3-year old, who luckily was unharmed.

Eric Carter
Eric Carter

MacDonald stated her son, Eric Carter, 21, and the mother of the child, Stephanie McCassin, 24, both reside at the residence with their 3-year old son. However, she claimed to be the primary caretaker of the young child because of her son’s past drug problem.

MacDonald noticed the two were in the bathroom with the young child, but grew suspicious after it got quiet inside of the bathroom. Fortunately, she entered the bathroom to check on the child and noticed both adults had passed out while giving their child a bath.

Stephanie McCassin
Stephanie McCassin

The child was unharmed and seemed oblivious to the condition of both parents. MacDonald immediately removed her grandchild from the bathtub and contacted 911. Police and medical staff arrived on scene and checked the condition of the child and the two adults. The child was left in the care of his grandmother while the two adults were transported to the Elliot Hospital and treated for an apparent heroin overdose.

Manchester Police juvenile detectives immediately notified the Department of Child and Family Services and prepared warrants for both Eric Carter and Stephanie McCassin. Both were arrested by members of the departments Street Crime Unit on April 16, 2015, in the area of Bridge Street and Chestnut Street. They were released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and will appear in the 9th Circuit Court. Carter will appear on May 22, 2015 and McCassin will appear on April 21, 2015.

Both were charged with; Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

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