Child survives apparent overdose, investigation ongoing

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 20, 2021


WARREN — A week after a child survived an apparent overdose at a home near Nine Mile and Schoenherr roads, police said the investigation into what happened remained ongoing.

Lt. David Kriss of the Warren Police Department said officers responded to a home on Hendricks Avenue at about 3:45 p.m. Sept. 1 where a 9-month-old baby girl was found lethargic and unresponsive.

“The child was on the bathroom floor. Fire responded and rendered aid,” Kriss said. “A dose of Narcan was administered, which was effective, and suspected narcotics were located on scene.”

The girl’s mother, who lives at the home with the child, was reportedly taken into custody there and was interviewed by detectives at the Warren Police Department. A decision regarding charges was pending while the investigation continued and investigators submitted their findings to Macomb County prosecutors for review.

“We’re still awaiting warrant authorization, probably pending test results,” Kriss said.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer praised the first responders who he said arrived at the scene, quickly assessed the situation and administered a dose of Narcan that saved the child.

“I certainly give credit to the firemen and the police, as a team working together. It’s very obvious that they saved the infant’s life. It was just outstanding lifesaving work,” Dwyer said.

“These are the type of firemen and police officers we have here 24-7, making sure they immediately take emergency actions that are necessary to save lives.”