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Parents face drug charges after alleged overdose with children in tow


LORAIN — A couple is facing multiple charges after they allegedly overdosed Monday in the presence of children.

Nathan Carrol, 29, of West Eighth Street, was arrested on charges of endangering children, operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, failure to control and driving under suspension. His wife, Samantha Schigel, 24, of Westview Court, was arrested on a charge of endangering children.

Police were called to West 24th Street and Leavitt Road about 5:25 p.m. regarding an unresponsive man behind the wheel of a minivan.

When they arrived police said they found Carrol in the van off the road and in a tree lawn, and the van had narrowly missed hitting a large tree. Carrol was blue in the face and his breathing was shallow, the report said, and an infant was unharmed in the back seat.

Carrol was revived with naloxone. As police were waiting with the infant and trying to contact a family member, a bystander said he had gone to Carrol’s wife’s home to tell her to come get the infant, but when he knocked, a small child answered and told him that her mommy was sleeping, and she could not wake her up.

Police went to the Westview Court home and a little girl about 6 years old answered the door and told them her mom was sleeping. Schigel then appeared, and police said she looked groggy, could barely stand and they suspected her of being under the influence of drugs.

Schigel told police she and Carrol had snorted a white powder, and as she was talking to them she began to overdose. Police also revived Schigel, who said it was her first time using narcotics, although she said her husband is an avid user, with naloxone.

Police contacted Lorain County Children Services and the three children and infant were turned over to grandparents.

Police tested the substance found in the laundry room of the home and it tested positive for fentanyl and cocaine.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.

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