Middletown PD moved to help 9 children who saw mother die from heroin overdose
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKRC) - Middletown Police are moved to help a family of nine children after their mother died from a heroin overdose. And they're trying to identify the two men who left her to die in front of the kids.
While they search for those men, police want to help the children left behind. The outpouring that came immediately.
Nine children are without a mother. She is dead of an apparent drug overdose. A brief time later, Middletown police issued a call to action, asking the people of the city to step up and help. And step up they did.
Police aren't releasing the mother's name but they want to help the father and the children, who range in age from just one-year-old to 14.
Investigators say the woman was with two "friends" when she died. Not only did they leave but they stole her money and told the kids they were leaving to get soda. Police are looking for them. They're two white men and were possibly a father/son team. The father had gray hair and gray facial hair with a red and black coat on. The son had on a brown jacket and was of thin build.
The department is collecting clothing, coats, blankets, food, a stove, and a refrigerator. They'd also like toys and ornaments for the tree officers took to the family. The girls are 14, 5, 3 and 1. The boys are 13, 11, 10, 6 and 2.
They say the father is a hard worker but is having a hard time making ends meet.
Anyone with donations is asked to bring them to the police department.
Middletown is answering the call to action. All day long, people have been pulling up to police headquarters, donating anything they can, including food, clothing, bedding, and money.
On Wednesday night, Middletown police say 31-year-old Jimetta Sanders died of a drug overdose at a home on Yankee Road.
Police say the two men with her watched her die and took off with her money.
Police say her nine children, aged one to fourteen, were home at the time.
On Thursday, on Facebook, police asked Middletown to embrace the children. The help has been overwhelming.
Donations were piling up in the police training room. It is the season for giving and Middletown was giving its all.
Chief Muterspaw is challenging the people of Middletown to step up to help the children. He's kicked in a $200 donation. In fact, earlier on Thursday, one woman wrote out a $9,000 check, that’s $1,000 for each child.