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Police: Baby found crying in van with heroin-overdosed pair

TNS Regional News • Oct 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Two women were arrested after Dayton police found them overdosed on heroin in a minivan that also held a crying one-year-old baby.

Loretta Wilham, 27, and Betty Osborn, 54, were taken to jail on Friday when they were found inside the running vehicle.

The minivan was stopped on the curb in front of a house on the 3500 block of Otterbein Avenue. Just before 2 p.m., a passerby called the police after seeing Wilham slumped over and unresponsive inside the car.

“The baby was crying and screaming,” neighbor Sarah Muldrew said. “It was so sad.”

Wilham is believed to be the baby’s mother.

According to a Dayton Police Department incident report, the little girl was later picked up by her great-grandmother.

“The officers came and searched the vehicle and took the baby,” Muldrew said.

Officers found syringes and other drug paraphernalia in the van with Wilham and Osborn, who were each arrested on charges of felony narcotics possession and misdemeanor child endangering.

“To have a baby in the car for you to come and do your drugs,” she said. “That’s kind of crazy.”

Muldrew said there is an increasing drug problem on her street.

“It worries me,” she said. “You hear gun shots at times and stuff like that. It worries us.”

The pair have been released from custody pending the outcome of a grand jury investigation.


By Clint Davis - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)

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