Parents of Upper Darby toddler who ingested drugs turn themselves in

Tim Jimenez
February 06, 2019 - 10:06 am
Nora Boyle, 35, and Gregory Searl, 42

Upper Darby Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Upper Darby police say the parents of the 16-month-old boy who ingested bags of drugs earlier this week, turned themselves in Wednesday morning. 

Police superintendant Mike Chitwood says Nora Boyle, 35, and Gregory Searl, 42, are now facing child endangerment and drug charges. 

"Both parents admit that they're both heroin addicts," Chitwood said. "It's a sad commentary to see how bad and how many people get impacted by the opioid crisis." 

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Chitwood says, they just can't take cases like this one lightly. 

"Whenever you have a child that's a victim. It's a very, very serious issue that we have to deal with. The opiod epidemic impacts every community in America and that's the tragedy," he said.

Authorities say the toddler chewed into two bags containing some kind of drug, heroin or fentanyl or a combination, that he got out of the trash on Monday. Chitwood says Boyle was passed out, and Searl found the child with the bags when he came home and took him to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to get help. 

"The child, when taken to the hospital, was unconscious and not breathing. So, the child could have died," Chitwood said.

The boy was treated with Narcan. Police say he was released from the hospital and is now being cared for by Child and Youth Services.