Ohio boy seen in car with passed-out adults gets new home

Parents unconscious in car in East Liverpool Ohio
East Liverpool, Ohio city officials posted the disturbing photos on Facebook to draw attention to the drug epidemic. (City of East Liverpool, OH/Facebook)


WARNING: Images in the video and the photo below of the passed out adults may be disturbing for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.


LISBON, Ohio (AP/WOOD) — A 4-year-old Ohio boy pictured in police photos in the back seat of a car while his grandmother and her boyfriend were slumped over from a drug overdose is moving in with other relatives.

Parents unconscious in car in East Liverpool Ohio
East Liverpool, Ohio city officials posted the disturbing photos on Facebook Sept. 8, 2016. (City of East Liverpool, OH/Facebook)

Columbiana County Juvenile Court administrator Dane Walton tells The Associated Press that the boy’s great uncle and great aunt in South Carolina petitioned the court for custody, which was granted Monday by a judge. NBC News reports the boy will be living in Myrtle Beach.

Walton says the grandmother, Rhonda Pasek, was granted custody of the boy six weeks ago. Walton says the judge’s report shows that at the time there was “no evidence brought forward” of any drug issues with Pasek.

The pictures were taken following a Sept. 7 traffic stop. An officer spotted James Acord driving erratically along St. Clair Avenue. When officers approached the vehicle, Pasek was already unconscious and  Acord passed out a short time later.

James Acord booked into jail. (Courtesy Columbiana County Sheriff's Office)
James Acord booked into jail. (Courtesy Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office)

Pasek is being held on a child endangerment charge. Her boyfriend, James Acord, pleaded guilty to child endangerment and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

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