13-Year-Old Boy Dies After Overdosing On Father’s Heroin

A friend of the father said “the boy got into his stuff.” 

By Benjamin H. Smith

A 13-year-old in Dayton, Ohio boy died over the weekend after overdosing on his father’s heroin supply. Nathan Lee Wylie was pronounced dead at 11:56 a.m. on April 1 by The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, according to local news channel WHIO 7The boy’s father, 40-year-old Robert Baker Wylie, has a long history of drug offenses and is currently in jail on a variety of charges.

It was last Tuesday, March 28, when the elder Wylie and a fellow employee at the roofing business showed up at the fire station next door. In their arms was Nathan, who was unconscious and not breathing, the result of an apparent drug overdose. According to the Dayton Daily News, in a police report, the coworker told police that Wylie was on drugs and that “the boy got into his stuff.” Nathan was unresponsive to EMT’s attempts to revive him, and he was taken to Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital.

Robert Wylie was served with an outstanding warrant for a previous drug charge and also charged with child endangerment. In February, 2016 Dayton police arrested Wylie and his girlfriend, Tina Davis, for child endangerment and possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia. In December, Wylie was arrested for possession of heroin, crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop of Davis’ truck. His son was in the truck at the time, and according to the police report, “Wylie stated that his son Nathan was allowed to stay with Tina and she agreed to it.”

Authorities are still waiting to receive the boy’s body to perform an autopsy. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Nathan’s family pay for funeral expenses. 

[Photo: Nathan Wylie's Final Resting Place GoFundMe Page]

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