‘A Voice for Children’: City Posts Photo of Adults Passed Out From Heroin Overdose With Child in Car

Photo Credit: East Liverpool Police Department

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — In their desire to expose how drug abuse affects children, city officials in Ohio have posted a photo online of a man and his female friend passed out in their vehicle after overdosing on heroin—with a four-year-old child sitting the back seat of the car.

The City of East Liverpool posted the photo on Thursday, stating that it needed to “be a voice for the children.”

“We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug,” officials explained. “We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess. This child can’t speak for himself but we are hopeful his story can convince another user to think twice about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody.”

According to reports, Kevin Thompson, an officer with the East Liverpool Police Department observed a vehicle weaving erratically down the road last Wednesday and then coming to an abrupt stop behind a school bus. A short distance later, the car came to a complete stop in the middle of the road and Thompson approached.

He found James Acord behind the wheel, who, with a bobbing head, sought to communicate that he was taking his passenger, Rhonda Pasek, to the hospital. Pasek was passed out in the front seat, and Acord likewise fell unconscious moments later.

Thompson shut off the car and called for paramedics, who administered the opiate reversal drug Narcan and transported the two to the hospital. Police told CNN on Monday that the two “almost definitely” would have died if Thompson had not intervened as they had overdosed on heroin.

But while tending to passed out pair, Thompson noticed that a young boy—Pasek’s grandson—was riding in the back seat of the car, strapped in his car seat. The officer took photos of the scene, which police administrators soon decided to publicly release on social media, along with the affidavit outlining the incident.

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While some residents have expressed disapproval of the decision to post the shocking photographs with the child’s face unblurred, officials with the City of East Liverpool said that the need to be a voice for children outweighed the offense of others.

“We are well aware that some may be offended by these images and for that we are truly sorry, but it is time that the non-drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis,” the city wrote. “The poison known as heroin has taken a strong grip on many communities not just ours, the difference is we are willing to fight this problem until it’s gone and if that means we offend a few people along the way we are prepared to deal with that.”

Acord was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired and endangering a child, and after pleading no contest, was sentenced to 360 days in jail. His driver’s license has also been suspended for three years.

Pasek was charged with endangering a child, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. As she plead not guilty, she is being held on a $150,000 bond.

The child is in the custody of Columbiana County Children’s Services.

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  • “The child is in the custody of Columbiana County Children’s Services.” Why? Does he have no other family to take care of him while father and mother are in prison?

    • Chrissy Vee


    • Amos Moses

      City posted image of couple passed out from overdose
      Published: 1 day ago
      (NBC NEWS) The boy who broke America’s heart after an Ohio town posted a photo of him in the back of an SUV — while his grandmother and her friend sat passed out from apparent heroin overdoses in the front seats — has found a new home.

      The 4-year-old is going to live with his great-aunt and great-uncle in South Carolina, Columbiana County Court Administrator Dane Walton confirmed Tuesday.

      Meanwhile, his grandmother, 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek, is in jail awaiting trial on charges of endangering a child and public intoxication, Walton said.


      • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

        I am so glad to hear that. Being in another state is very good for him.

  • TheBottomline4This

    Poor kid.
    Stupid adults.
    Pics like this need to be published when idiots like this are caught

  • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

    Very sad 🙁 He is such a cute little boy. I hope he gets a better home where he will be safe and loved.

  • Gena B

    And you know this wasn’t the first time he had to entertain himself because they were in a drugged out state. I wonder if he was born with drugs in his system. So sad, but this happens everyday to tons of kids.

  • Nidalap

    Just a few short years ago, this couple could have decided to kill this same child in the womb. They wouldn’t be getting one thousandth the negative response they are now either…

  • james blue

    They should have blurred the face of the child.

    • TheBottomline4This

      Before the authorities shared it, I agree, they should have blurred the boys face.

      • james blue

        Absolutely, it’s down to the authorities, other sites have blurred the picture themselves which is kind of like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, but regardless it should have been blurred here as well.

  • TheBottomline4This

    I was just thinking about how the main stories on this site that get the most attention are the ones about Abortions, Gays and Trans. Other than that, the Liberal fools are fairly quiet. Goes to show how depraved they really are.