Parents turn themselves in after toddler eats from heroin baggies

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Baby in critical condition after ingesting heroin, police say
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Baby in critical condition after ingesting heroin, police say: Annie McCormick reports on Action News at 5 p.m., February 5, 2019

UPPER DARBY, Pa. -- The parents of a toddler who almost died after eating heroin have surrendered to authorities, according to the Upper Darby Police Department.

35-year-old Nora Boyle and 42-year-old Greg Searl surrendered to police early Wednesday morning. Both were charged with endangering the welfare of a child and related offenses.

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Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says the 16-month-old boy ingested heroin and possibly fentanyl. He says the boy is still alive because of Narcan.

"That child was lucky enough to get to the hospital, being taken by the drug addict father and mother, to where the doctor shot him up with Narcan," said Chitwood.

Police say Boyle was watching her son on the 700 block of West Chester Pike, when she reportedly passed out.

That's when, police say, the little boy chewed empty baggies with drug residue.

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Searl came home and rushed his unconscious baby to the hospital where he was revived, according to investigators.

According to police, Searl admitted the night before he used five bags of fentanyl.

"We do a search warrant of the location and we find a total of 12 empty packages and bags," said Chitwood.