Ohio couple Rhonda Pasek and partner James Acord passed out after a heroin overdose with their 4-year-old son in the backseat – cops tweet photo to discourage other drug users

Police Facebook posting sends a powerful message to drug users about the dangers of addiction. Pasek and Acord were arrested for their actions

Rhonda Pasek, 50, and James Lee Acord, 47, were passed out in their SUV from heroin overdose with Pasek’s 4-year-old son in backseat.

Ohio police shared the photos of the negligent adults passed out in car with the little boy in the backseat to send a message to drug users – ‘This child can’t speak for himself’

They were pulled up by a police officer who observed the vehicle weaving in traffic

Acord was charged with operating a vehicle impaired, child endangerment and slowing in a roadway,  Pasek with child endangerment, seatbelt violation and public intoxication.

 

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Mugshots of Rhonda Pasek and James Acord after their arrest for overdosing on heroin and operating a vehicle with a minor on board and menacing traffic
police in East Liverpool, an Ohio city, shared shocking images of a man and woman who had overdosed in their car while a minor child onboard sat in the backseat.
James Acord was driving a Ford Explorer with West Virginia registration behind a school bus when he allowed his car to drift into an angle on the street.
East Liverpool police officer Kevin Thompson approached the vehicle and 47-year-old Acord, whose speech was unintelligible and “had pin point pupils” told him that he was taking passenger Rhonda Pasek to the hospital, Thompson wrote in the police report.

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Ohio police posted the shocking photo of mindless child abuse, as Rhonda Pasek and James Lee Acord played the role of negligent parents, to discourage others from practicing the same

According to officer Thompson, After Acord tried to shift his truck  back into drive, he reached in and turned off the vehicle, then confiscated the keys. At that point, he noticed Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display ME279LL/A 7.9-Inch 16 GB (Silver) 

the 4-year-old boy in the backseat, who was later identified as the female occupant’s  son.
the 50-year-old female passenger was already unconscious and turning blue and Acord lost consciousness during the stop.
EMS responders were able to revive the pair with Narcan, which is used to reverse opiate overdoses. Acord and Pasek were taken to the hospital.
Vehicle owner Acord was charged with operating a vehicle impaired, child endangerment and slowing in a roadway.
Pasek was charged with child endangerment , not wearing a seatbelt and public intoxication.

Rhonda Pasek  and James Lee Acord heroin overdose1.jpg Ohio mother Rhonda Pasek and partner  James Acord passed out after a an overdose of heroin, their 4-year-old unattended

The child was taken back to the police department where Columbiana County Children’s Services responded.

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“We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug. We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess. This child can’t speak for himself but we are hopeful his story can convince another user to think twice about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody,” the city wrote on Facebook, along with two photos of the unconscious couple and the alert boy.
“We are well aware that some may be offended by these images and for that we are truly sorry, but it is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis. The poison known as heroin has taken a strong grip on many communities not just ours, the difference is we are willing to fight this problem until it’s gone and if that means we offend a few people along the way we are prepared to deal with that.”

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