Unconscious parents allegedly OD’d on heroin

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BUCKHANNON — A couple who allegedly injected heroin while their small child was in the residence is facing charges of child neglect.

Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory said Upshur County EMS responded to a residence on Cooper Street for an overdose call. When they arrived, they found two people were unconscious.

James D. Jackson, 34, of Buckhannon, and his wife, Randi Jackson, 29, had allegedly injected themselves with heroin while no one was in the residence other than their 8-year-old child, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Needles were lying about, as were two spoons with a white-powder substance — which the child could have been poked by or consumed, according to the criminal complaint. EMS used Narcan to revive Randi Jackson, who was not breathing, according to Gregory.

Randi Jackson was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

“We anticipate charges on her when she gets out,” Gregory said.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $75,000 for James Jackson. If convicted, he faces a $1,000 to $3,000 fine or imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than five years, or both.

Lt. Doug Loudin is the investigating officer.

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