Parents OD with kids in house

By Melanie Yingst -




MIAMI COUNTY — A Troy couple overdosed while their three children were asleep upstairs early Thursday morning.

According to reports, Maria Russell, 38, and Adam Rue, 30, both of Troy, were charged with probation violations and three counts of child endangerment.

Both were treated at Upper Valley Medical Center and then incarcerated at the Miami County Jail pending arraignments.

Troy officers responded to the 400 block of South Walnut Street around 12:20 a.m. early Thursday morning in reference to a heroin overdose. Russell was on the dining room floor unresponsive. She was revived by six doses of Narcan by Troy medics.

Rue told officers the three children — ages 4, 7 and 14 — were upstairs asleep. The children were released to various relatives at the scene. Rue also exhibited signs of overdose. Rue was charged just hours before the overdose. According to reports, Rue was charged early Wednesday by Tipp City Police for OVI, driving under suspension and OVI refusal after he was stopped for alleged impaired driving on Interstate 75. According to the report, Rue was suspected to have overdosed while driving on the highway. Rue admitted to buying heroin in Dayton.

The pair also were subjects involved in apparent overdoses reported on March 28 and March 30.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office also responded to two heroin overdose reports on April 5. Officers responded to the 6000 block of State Route 48, Covington, of a deceased 34-year-old male. An overdose was also reported in the 8100 block of Wildcat Road, Tipp City, of a male exhibiting signs of an apparent overdose. He was treated by Huber Heights medics and transported to the hospital.

Troy Police Department are still investigating the suspected overdose death of a 43-year-old woman from Troy. Linda Swain was found deceased in the Motel 6 room on April 3. Drug paraphernalia was located in the room, which indicated an apparent overdose.



By Melanie Yingst