Girl calls 911 after father overdoses

WARREN — A man has been charged with child endangering after his daughter called 911 Thursday evening and police said he had to be revived with Narcan.

It was the second such call this week for Warren police, and the third in Trumbull County in about eight days.

The 11-year-old girl called 911 around 8:30 p.m. and told dispatchers her father was not breathing and was unresponsive at 1610 Estabrook Ave. NW, according to a police report. When police arrived, the girl told them her father was in his bedroom and they found him lying on the bed.

The man, identified as Darrin Lawrence, 36, was on his back and the report states “his skin color was gray and his eyes were half open and he was not breathing.” Officer David Weber told the girl to leave the room as he administered Narcan.

While administering the opiate reversal drug, paramedics arrived and took over treatment, administering two doses, which revived Lawrence, the report states. The child was picked up by her grandparents.

Weber found several empty bindles of heroin, one full bindle and a makeshift straw under the television stand in the bedroom, the report states. Lawrence was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for treatment, where he was issued a summons for child endangering.

He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday and was released on a personal recognizance bond on the condition he has no unsupervised contact with his daughter, court records show. He is due back in court Feb. 7.

On Tuesday, John Hazinakis, 30, of Warren, was arrested on a charge of child endangering after police said he overdosed in his car while his 6-year-old son was in the back seat. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Warren Municipal Court and is being held without bond until his hearing Thursday, court records show.

Police were called just before 7 p.m. Tuesday for a vehicle that was backed into a snow embankment at the intersection of Oak Street SW and Phillips Drive SW. A boy, 6, was trying to wake a man in the front seat who appeared to be unconscious. Police pulled the driver from the car and gave him Narcan, according to a police report.

Police administered the drug until the arrival of medical personnel, who transported the driver to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, the report states. The boy was released to a relative. At the hospital, the man, identified as Hazinakis, told police he snorted an “unknown substance” before driving and that he doesn’t recall much, but he was aware his son was with him, the report states.

A Southington man is due in court Monday on charges of child endangering and possession of a controlled substance after witnesses reported he was having trouble standing while shopping with his toddler at Target in Niles on Dec. 7.

Christopher Sustak, 30, was arrested on a warrant for a 2015 drug possession case out of Warren Municipal Court when police arrived at the department store. He turned over a needle and what he said was heroin to the officers, according to a police report.

He remains at the Trumbull County Jail on a $1,500 bond, according to court records. The girl, 2, was picked up by her mother, a police report states.

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