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Girl, 7, seeks bus driver’s help after she finds parents dead in possible overdose

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The Pennsylvania girl had tried to wake them up Monday morning to no avail, so she told the driver that she was worried about them on the bus ride home

The seven-year-old girl got herself ready for school Monday morning, because her parents could not help her.

They were lying dead in the familys apartment outside of Pittsburgh, victims of an apparent drug overdose.

She had tried to wake them up to no avail. So she got on the bus, sat through a full day of elementary school and said nothing. It wasnt until the bus ride home, according to the Washington Post, that she told the driver what she was worrying about.

When McKeesport, Pennsylvania, police arrived at the home, they found the bodies of Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, in the living room. They also found three other children inside the house, alive. A nine-month-old girl, three-year-old boy and five-year-old boy were taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Early indications are they may have been there for a day or two, Allegheny County police Lt Andrew Schurman told WTAE-TV. Foul play was not suspected, he said, and drug paraphernalia was found in the home.

According to the television station, another man died of an overdose of heroin on the same street earlier in the day. The deaths were not related.

McKeesport is located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, where public health officials warned in a lengthy July report that the nations opioid overdose epidemic is wreaking havoc. In 2015, the report said, Allegheny County experienced 422 overdose deaths more than in any prior year and the upward trend continues.

What was particularly concerning, officials said, is the fact that a troubling number of overdose victims, who began their addiction using prescribed oral pain killers, transitioned to heroin as their access to pills decreased.

Heroin deaths in the US have more than tripled nationwide since 2010, and the pattern seen in Pennsylvania is also playing out in places such as Florida, where critics say efforts to contain the opioid epidemic have had limited effect in curbing one crisis while making another worse.

In fact, Lallys sister, Courtney, had reached out to television station WPXI months earlier to see if there was anything the station could do to get help for her sister. She had called police and the county childrens services to no avail.

Courtney Lally said she and her mother plan to attend a hearing on Wednesday to try for temporary custody of the four children.

My sister wasnt the person she became when it came to drugs, Courtney Lally told WPIX. She wasnt the person I knew. It was like the drugs had taken over and at first we didnt know it was heroin. She loved her kids she did. She loved her mom, she loved me, she loved us.

What was heartbreaking, Courtney Lally said, was what her niece had to do on Monday.

Thats like the hardest thing, because thats a seven-year-old, Courtney Lally said. Thats a seven-year-old that did that.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/05/girl-finds-parents-dead-apparent-overdose-pennsylvania

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