Overdoses Suspected After Little Girl Alerts Bus Driver About Unresponsive Parents
A man and woman were found dead inside a Pennsylvania home Monday after a 7-year-old reportedly told her school bus driver that her parents would not wake up.
According to the Washington Post, police in McKeesport - outside Pittsburgh - believe the man and woman died of heroin overdoses sometime over the weekend.
The girl repeatedly tried to wake her parents, Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, over a span of more than a day. She still got herself dressed and went to school Monday morning, officials said.
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Police said she confided in her bus driver on the way home and police were called to the residence.
Three more children, ages 5, 3, and nine months, were also in the home, but were not harmed. After being checked out at a hospital, they were placed with the county's Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Authorities have warned of a worsening opioid problem in Allegheny County, with 422 fatal opioid overdoses last year. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) told lawmakers last week that the state is facing an "epidemic," calling the rampant addiction "a public health crisis the likes of which we have not before seen."
Another suspected heroin overdose reportedly occurred the same day on the same street where the couple was found.
Lally's sister told the station she was trying for months to get help for the children. She called her sister a loving mother, but lamented that the "drugs had taken over."
Watch the local report above.