Teen Girl ODs on Heroin in Palos Hills Home

Two people are charged with endangering the life of a child.

A 15-year-old girl overdosed on heroin inside a Palos Hills home and two people face child endangerment charges.

Nicolette Martinu, 20, and Matthew Lefebvre, 19, are charged with endangering the health and life of a child, Palos Hills police said. Lefebvre also faces a charge of possession of drug equipment.

Police were called at 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 to 11100 S. Helena Dr. to help with an ambulance call for a teen who had overdosed. Officers found syringes, small baggies, a spoon and metal pipes lying out inside Lefebvre's room, police said.

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Martinu allegedly told officers she bought heroin after Lefebvre gave her money, police said. She also said Lefebvre took the heroin and a child, who was also in the house, into the bathroom

Lefebvre allegedly admitted to giving the drug to the child, police said.

The teen was hospitalized but didn't die from the overdose at the time of the arrests, said Palos Hills Deputy Chief James Boie.

The accused are scheduled to appear in a Bridgeview courtroom on Dec. 5.

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banditboy November 01, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Who is the 15 year old girl???
Nick Swedberg November 02, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Police usually don't release the names of minors who are victims.
John November 04, 2012 at 11:37 AM
I dont have kids, but I can tell you it starts with the parents. Get involved with your kids, talk to them, be there for them. You dont have to nag the crap out of them, or micro-manage their life, but show interest, lead by example, and teach them right from wrong. Also teach them respect.
Bob January 19, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I’ve read here and elsewhere that use and overdose is up and there have been community meetings to discuss this. I think that this should be part of that discussion. If someone you love has an opiate addiction and can't stop, and many of us have been there, the Chicago Recovery Alliance can educate you and the addict on how to stay alive and avoid disease until they accept help and begin their recovery. Stopping the dealers is one thing. We all want that. But how effective has that been? Keeping your loved ones alive until they will accept help is everything.
Bob January 19, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Those of us who have loved ones who are addicted all wish that will power and treatment was a magic bullet. Some addicts stay addicts for years, but recovery is always possible. This organization provides Naloxone also known as Narcan which is the drug that paramedics and emergency rooms give to overdose victims to save their lives. No one should have to die of an overdose and every addict and their family should know about this program. It will save lives. I urge parents and loved ones to share this information. It's not about helping addicts be addicts, it's about keeping them alive until they accept help. Dr. Maxwell is in the video is an psychiatrist in Chicago who treats addiction. http://www.anypositivechange.org/NALOXONE/ One of the things they should emphasize more in this video is that mixing alcohol and pills or other drugs greatly increases the risk of overdose from opiates.


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