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Police: Parents OD on heroin, leave newborn strapped in car seat

Middletown Police posted a photo of the boy wearing his bravery badge and posing with the responding officers. (MIddletown Division of Police) Middletown Police posted a photo of the boy wearing his bravery badge and posing with the responding officers. (MIddletown Division of Police)
Lee Johnson and Chelsie Marshall, (Source: Middletown Jail) Lee Johnson and Chelsie Marshall, (Source: Middletown Jail)
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -

A five-year-old boy is credited with saving three lives after his parents overdosed on heroin and left a newborn child strapped in a car seat.

Middletown Police detailed the “very disturbing call” in a Facebook post on Thursday.

The boy walked two blocks to his step-grandfather's house, knocked on the door and said his parents were dead.

"He just come in the house saying his mom and dad were dead. I ran down the street and I found them laying on the bathroom floor," Ken Currey, the step-grandfather said. 

It was still dark outside and he wasn’t wearing any shoes, police said.

Currey then called 911.

Authorities responded to the Hill Avenue home to find a three-month-old girl strapped in a car seat and crying.

An officer walked upstairs and found her parents, Lee Johnson and Chelsie Marshall, unconscious on the floor.

Medics used Narcan to revive them both .

"The mother took 14 hits of Narcan to be revived. I think the dad took one. But the kids got help and thankfully for him... because if they would have passed, or if they would have died, who knows what was going to happen to that three month old baby in the car seat, or how long she would have been there," Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said. 

After being revived, Johnson admitted to police that he used heroin.

“This 5 year old child, a hero, saved 3 lives today,” the department wrote on Facebook. “How can something so awesome be so sad all at the same time?”

The boy and his infant sister were brought to the police department. He was awarded a badge for his bravery.

“We are sick and tired of some people not caring about their kids enough to allow this to happen,” police said. 

Johnson and Marshall are charged with child endangering. Their bond was set at $50,000 each.

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