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Parents charged in suspected heroin-fueled crash

Posted: 10:13 AM, Jan 24, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-25 09:52:43-05

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio -- The mother who police say injected heroin before driving her two young boys -- resulting in a rollover crash -- was charged with child endangerment, OVI, driving violations and drug violations in Hamilton County court on Saturday.

Amanda Gordon, 27, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana was charged with two counts of child endangering, operating a vehicle under the influence, driving without a license, failure to maintain control, not wearing a seat belt and possessing drug abuse instruments.

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Sheriff Jim Neil and Chief Bart West reported Gordon had her two sons, ages 8 and 10, in the back seat when she crashed. The boys were not injured and are now in the custody of their grandmother.

Gordon told investigators she and the children's father, Clayford Wilson, also 27, injected heroin while in the car with the boys near Beekman Street, according to Neil and West. She then drove west on I-74 and veered off the freeway near the Race Road overpass. The vehicle hit some trees along the right side of the freeway and rolled onto its top, according to Neil and West.

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Wilson was thrown from the car and Gordon was partially ejected. Emergency personnel gave them both  Narcan to stop the overdose and took them to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment, Neil and West reported.

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Wilson was charged with not wearing his seatbelt and for an outstanding felony warrant for an OVI in Dearborn County, Ind.

Gordon was given a $175,000 bond: $50,000 for each charge of child endangerment, $50,000 for OVI and $25,000 for drug instruments. Wilson received a $150 fine plus court costs.

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