Father, 4-year-old son hospitalized after possible heroin overdose

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:

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REDMOND, Wash. - Redmond police said the four-year-old whose mother discovered him unconscious Tuesday in his father’s house will likely pull through.  The father had also passed out.  Police originally suspected heroin because of drug paraphernalia nearby, and they are investigating the possibility that the father injected the child with the drug.

Redmond Police Department spokesman Lt. Charlie Gorman said the department’s crime lab is still examining the scene and has not yet confirmed heroin use. He said both the boy and his 37-year-old father are in separate hospitals, unconscious, stable and sedated. Gorman said police have not been able to interview either the boy or is father yet. 

When asked, Gorman said detectives have not yet pinned down a motive. He said at this point they are treating this as an assault investigation.

Wednesday, police tape still encircled the father's home. The lights were left on all night in the empty house. Tuesday evening, a KIRO crew photographed police officers removing boxes, bags, and even cans of evidence from the home; however, neighbors said there was no activity at that.

Police say the boy and his mother had moved out of the house, but had returned for a visit and were staying a few days. She had gone out, and returned to find the two unconscious. 

Neighbors can't believe what they're hearing. Alex Marchand told KIRO News: "I've never heard of anything like that, I'm utterly perplexed and shocked," She said: "I cannot even contain that thought right now."

The investigation continues.