Mother arrested after 2-year-old overdoses at home

PARKERSBURG — A Wood County woman whose 2-year-old child may have overdosed on an opiate is in jail after she was charged with felony child neglect creating the risk of death or injury.

Stephanie R. Joy, 27, 1206 Lynn St., Parkersburg, the child’s mother, was arraigned by Wood County Magistrate Brenda Marshall and her bond was set at $250,000, said Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin.

Joy has not posted bond and remained incarcerated in the North Central Regional Jail, Martin said on Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, Joy called Wood County 911 Thursday morning and said her 2-year-old son was not breathing and unresponsive.

The child was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center where two doses of a variant form of Narcan were administered intravenously. He was stabilized but was flown to a Morgantown hospital for further observation and treatment.

Uniformed police officers called detectives to the scene as well as Child Protective Services to assist in this investigation.

Martin said the preliminary investigation shows the mother was using drugs. In the criminal complaint it is alleged the mother used heroin on Feb. 1.

Martin said detectives did not find anything near the child leading to any conclusions as to what the child ingested. Police received the call to respond to 1206 Lynn St. at 4:10 a.m. Thursday.

As of 7:30 p.m. Thursday the child was in stable condition, Martin said.

Officials are continuing to investigate to determine the type of drug ingested by the child, police said.

After police interviewed the mother, she was arrested and charged with child neglect creating the risk of death or injury, a felony. Martin said additional charges may be pending.

If anyone has any information about this case, they are asked to contact the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-844

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