Police: Elimsport man, girlfriend use heroin in front of 7-year-old
An Elimsport father and his girlfriend face charges for allegedly purchasing heroin from a drug dealer while the man’s 7-year-old daughter was with them, according to state Trooper Erik Barlett.
The girl told a county’s Children and Youth Department caseworker that her dad and the girlfriend “do drugs every day in their car while in front of her,” Barlett said in an affidavit.
The girl told the caseworker that she “feels scared when they do this because she knows drugs are bad and make people pass out.”
Joshua Lavern King, 31, of 59 Gap Road, and Brittany Nicole Frey, 21, of 396 School House Road, Montgomery, each have been charged with endangering the welfare of child and corrupting the morals of a minor.
The charges stem from an incident in which King overdosed on heroin but survived shortly after he and Frey pulled into a parking lot in the 300 block of Westminster Drive about 8:10 p.m. Oct. 12, Barlett said.
King’s daughter was with them when he overdosed, the trooper added. King was rushed to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center and later discharged.
Frey showed clear signs of “being under the influence” of a controlled substance, Barlett said in an affidavit. Her handbag contained numerous hypodermic needles, including one that was uncapped and “punctured” a finger of a first responder, Barlett added.
Through his investigation, the trooper learned that King and Frey went to the Lycoming Mall parking lot and allegedly purchased heroin while King’s daughter was with them.
Frey told police she went right “into the mall and shot up two bags of heroin in a bathroom,” Barlett said in the affidavit.
King, Frey, the child and a third person made their way to Westminster Drive, where King overdosed after allegedly using heroin, Barlett said.
Police recovered a bag of the drug in Frey’s pants pocket after she was taken into custody, he added. She faces additional charges of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
King and Frey were each arraigned Monday morning before District Judge Gary Whiteman and released on bail – King on $2,500 and Frey on $7,500.