Troy babysitter who overdosed receives probation

Judge orders no unsupervised contact with minor children other than her own

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Troy woman who overdosed on heroin while babysitting nine children will spend three years on community control for one count of fifth-degree felony possession of heroin.

Curry is currently serving a year in jail for first degree misdemeanor child abuse/endangering from the same case handled in municipal court. She is set to be released in March 14, 2017 on those charges.

Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee ordered Curry to have no unsupervised contact with minor children except for her own as a special condition of her probation.

Curry’s attorney Sam Huffman said Curry has a good support system and is willing to seek treatment and asked for the court to support the joint recommendation of community control. State prosecutors remained silent during the sentencing hearing.

Curry stated she had been clean for “a long time” and the March 20 incident was a relapse.

Upon her release from jail, Judge Gee order Curry to abide by a curfew, suspended her driver’s license for six months, obtain a substance abuse assessment and seek other treatment resources. If Curry violates terms of her probation, Gee reserved 11 months in prison. It was Curry’s first felony conviction.

On March 20, Curry overdosed on heroin while babysitting nine children — ranging in age from 18 months to 15 years old. Troy Police Department officers were called to 224 S. Elm St. after the 15-year-old relative found her unresponsive in the bathroom. Parents of children arrived to pick up their children — eight of whom were under the age of 9 — that were left in Curry’s care. One of the children included Curry’s 4-year-old son.

Last week, Eric Jones was sentenced to serve 13 months in prison for violating probation after she overdosed on heroin while pregnant.

On May 31, Judge Jeannine Pratt also suspended Jones’ license for a year. Jones may also be subject to three years of post-release control at the discretion of the adult parole authority.

“I’m carrying a child that I’m giving up to my brother. My mom was looking into getting help…it just wasn’t fast enough,” Jones said.

On April 2, officers were dispatched to an overdose at 920 Fountain Street, Troy, and found medics working on the victim Erica Jones. Medics administered Narcan. Jones was passed out on the floor with a syringe in her hand. The reporting party told officers that Erica was 5-months pregnant. Erica was charged with drug instruments and drug possession.

Jones was one of four people arrested after Miami County Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies executed a search warrant on 622 S. Union St., Troy, on June 30, 2015.

Detectives seized 30 capsules of heroin, syringes, and other paraphernalia related to the preparation and sale of heroin.

Jones’ then 10 month-old child was present during the raid.

Judge orders no unsupervised contact with minor children other than her own

By Melanie Yingst