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June 14, 2013

Police probe alleged overdose

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police are investigating a reported drug overdose of a woman found in a car on the city’s West Side.

The woman, 29-year-old Misty Blu McKim of Youngstown, was reported to have been in cardiac arrest and had two children in car seats in the back of the car.

Police were called to a parking lot around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, ambulance personnel had McKim on a stretcher and she was not breathing, according to reports.

She reportedly was revived inside the ambulance and taken to Jameson Hospital, where she refused further medical treatment and signed herself out of hospital care.

McKim’s sister told police McKim had gone to pick her up, complained of not feeling well and asked her to drive.

The sister said that as McKim moved into the passenger seat, she passed out.

Police said they learned McKim had been using heroin for about three years. Police said an uncapped syringe and a cotton swab were found inside her purse. They also found a white powder, suspected to be heroin, in a plastic bag in her wallet and a spoon with residue on it in the car.

The children were turned over to Lawrence County Children and Youth Services.

McKim was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of children, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arraigned by District Judge Jennifer L. Nicholson and lodged in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.

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