After Husband ODs in Van, News Gets Worse at His Home

Cops say his wife OD'd, too, though both survive
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2017 8:43 AM CST
Cops: Dad Overdosed in Van as Mom Overdosed at Home
Nathan Carroll and Samantha Schigel   (Lorain Police)

Cops say a 29-year-old Ohio man crashed his minivan—with an infant in the backseat—while suffering a drug overdose, reports Fox 8. Both survived, but the story then takes a turn for the worse: When officers arrived at Nathan Carroll's Lorain home to tell his wife what happened, they learned that she, too, had just suffered an overdose. A girl of about age 6 answered the door, and officers found 24-year-old Samantha Schigel inside, surrounded by children, reports ABC News. "Mommy was sleeping and they could not wake her up," a neighbor quotes one of the kids as saying.

Both Carroll and Schigel were given overdose antidote naloxone and taken to a hospital, where they recovered. Police say Schigel later explained that she and Carroll had snorted a powdered substance they believed was heroin before Carroll left to get food for the family, reports (The crash occurred just across the street from the family home.) Police say a white powder found at the home tested positive for cocaine and fentanyl. Schigel is now charged with child endangerment, while Carroll faces charges including child endangerment and driving under the influence. Both pleaded not guilty Thursday and are free on bond. Their five children—including the infant involved in the accident, who was uninjured—are staying with grandparents. (A couple fatally overdosed with their three children in the backseat.)

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