7-year-old finds parents dead of overdose and goes to school

 Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, died from apparent overdoses Monday night after their daughter alerted school officials she couldn't wake them up. (Photo Source: Facebook/ Christopher Dilly)
Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, died from apparent overdoses Monday night after their daughter alerted school officials she couldn’t wake them up. (Photo Source: Facebook/ Christopher Dilly)

A tragic string of drug overdoses in a small Pennsylvania town continues as a couple was found dead by their daughter. Police state that a 7-year-old girl told her school bus driver that she couldn’t wake up her parents. When she arrived at school she told administrators that she had fed and dressed herself and got on the bus that morning. School officials immediately contacted police who arrived at the home and found Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, dead in the den of their McKeesport home Monday night. There were also three other children in other parts of the house when police arrived.

Drug paraphernalia was found near the bodies and police are stating that the couple died of an apparent overdose. Investigators have stated that the couple was dead for at least a day or two. McKeesport Area School District officials said in a statement, “Our school district took immediate action after we were notified of the concerns shared by one of our students on their route home. We will be available for the family affected by this tragedy.”

Police took the girl, who reported her parents unresponsive, and a 9-month-old girl, a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy to a hospital for a medical exam. Social welfare officials assumed custody of the children. Family members of Jessica Lally stated that she struggled with heroin addiction and had grown apart from relatives. Her sister Courtney Lally stated that at one point their mother tried to get custody of the small children, which caused the family split.

Police have not indicated what drug may be involved in the overdose but heroin is strongly suspected. Last week, a 50-year-old man living on the same block was discovered dead from an overdose of heroin, making it the third recent death due to the deadly drug,

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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