October 3rd, 2013
By John Clark
A man in Washington state who was reportedly distraught over his pending divorce allegedly tried to kill his 4-year-old son by giving him a dose of heroin, according to a shocking report from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Sources say the man going through a divorce, 37-year-old Eric Lehtinen, was discovered by his estranged wife on a bed in a locked Redmond, Washington, house with his young son. Both the man and his son were reportedly unconscious.
After making the startling discovery, the mother reportedly removed a blanket from her son and found a syringe filled with what looked like drugs on his chest, according to documents filed with the local court.
When emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene, both the boy and the father were non-responsive. The boy was immediately taken to Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he is currently seeking treatment. Sources do not know if he will suffer long-term damage from the incident.
Shockingly, medical staff at the children’s hospital reported finding puncture wounds on several parts of the boy’s body.
And blood tests revealed traces of ketamine, morphine, and codeine in his system, in addition to heroin.
Sources say Lehtinen is already out of the hospital, but is sitting in jail after being charged with attempted murder in the first degree. His bail was set at an appropriately lofty $3 million after prosecutors argued that he was extremely dangerous.
In their words, a man “who is willing to inject his 4-year-old son with heroin in an attempt to kill” his own son is “dangerous man willing to do anything.” The judge didn’t disagree with this assessment.
Ten days before the child was overdosed with a cocktail of dangerous drugs, he was reportedly living with his mother in San Francisco. The mother and her husband had been married for six years, but she had filed for divorce months before.
According to reports, one of the reasons the woman filed for divorce was her husband’s drug addiction, which included abuse of heroin.
But her husband claimed that he was clean, so the mother let her son stay with Lehtinen while she visited Seattle for a job interview.
Lehtinen, however, was distraught over the pending divorce, and court documents say that the father poisoned his son in a terribly misguided effort to delay the end of his marriage.
But, if anything, Lehtinen sealed the end of his marriage, and possibly the end of his relationship with his child. If he is found guilty of attempted murder, the father could be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison, sources say.
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