A party that took place in a Super 8 motel room in Green, Ohio, back in April, ended up taking the life of 16-year-old Andrew Frye. Attendees of the party were high from a mixture of heroin and fentanyl and were not other teenagers, but the mother of the teen as well as his grandmother, along with their friends.
As police say, the very people who should have been protecting Andrew from drug abuse and its deadly affects, were responsible for his death due to enabling him. The teen lay dying on the floor of the motel room while the party raged around him.
Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry shares how the illegal drugs were acquired by the teen, as The Washington Post notes.
“We have evidence of drug abuse by more than one person, more than one relative of the deceased. It appears his mother, her friend and his grandmother, and a friend of the grandmother, all had a hand in obtaining and disseminating heroin among themselves. The evidence in this case turns my stomach.”
Six months following the night that Andrew died due to overdose, there was enough evidence against the teen’s mother, Heather Frye and his grandmother, Brenda Frye. Each of the women received a sentence of nine years. Both pleaded guilty in August to multiple charges including corrupting another with drugs, child endangering, tampering with evidence and involuntary manslaughter, which is a first-degree felony that is punishable by up to 11 years behind bars.
Two others involved, Jessica Irons, a friend of Heather Frye’s and Donald Callaghan, who is a friend of Brenda Frye’s, faced lesser charges about the death of the teen. The judge presiding over the case, Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynn Callahan, spoke directly to the Frye women, reminding them that it was Andrew who paid the “ultimate price” for their behavior.
“The ultimate price was not paid by either of you. The ultimate price was paid by Andrew. It boils down to personal responsibility and because of that a 16-year-old boy is dead.”
Brenda Frye spoke, addressing her family and her role in the death of her grandson, stating “I want to apologize to my family and to everybody that loved Andrew.”
Before sentencing, attorneys for the women argued that no one present in the hotel room intended for the teen to use heroin, but instead had intended the drugs to be used by an additional friend.
Following the death of Andrew, Barry spoke with reporters and shared that it was “quite apparent” that the teenager could not be helped once paramedics arrived. It’s also been reported that the adults present at the scene with the teen attempted to hide needles and drugs in the room. A history of drug-related crimes has been revealed in the case of the teen’s mother and grandmother. Also, Heather Frye spent time in prison on three separate occasions between 2007 and 2014 for such crimes.
The detective on the case told reporters that Heather Frye did not have custody of her son and wanted to be the “fun weekend mom.” Deputy chief assistant prosecutor, Margaret Scott, told reporters in April that overdoses and deaths from them are becoming more common in the region. Local reports indicated that in a 17-month stretch ending in May of 2016, one thousand individuals died from an overdose in Ohio. Scott spoke on the sad reality of cases such as Andrew’s
“Unfortunately, this isn’t unusual. It’s a horrible tragedy because of the age we see here, but it’s not unusual to see family members, unfortunately, procuring and giving the heroin and fentanyl to one another.. If you’re going to give someone else your poison and you know it’s likely going to kill them,” he added, “we’re going to look at holding you criminally responsible.”
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