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Boy, 10, calls police after finding needles in parents’ nightstand

John Joyce
505-5432/@JohnJoyceYD
  • Police say a 10-year-old boy called the cops on his parents because of their pattern of drug abuse.
  • The child made the call after finding drug needles and baggies on his parents' nightstand.
  • Officers found heroin and crack paraphernalia in the parents' bedroom. Both the mother and father now face charges.

A Dover Township couple faces child endangerment and drug paraphernalia possession charges after their 10-year-old son called 911 to report drugs in the home.

According to the charging documents, Lakin Michelle Stoppard, 27, came stumbling home 45 minutes after police arrived at her house, verified there were heroin needles and a crack pipe present, and called her to come to the scene.

When asked why the boy's father, Anthony Edward Young, 27, did not also come home after being called by police, Stoppard replied, "Who the f— wants to talk to the cops," the documents said.

Stoppard

Both Stoppard and Young are charged with endangering the welfare of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia, but Stoppard also faces charges for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after her interaction with Northern York County Regional Police officers.

The call: According to the documents, police officers responded to the 911 call at 9 p.m. July 31 at 3720 Davidsburg Road and found the child in the home with two other adults, neither of whom were Stoppard or Young. Police asked the boy what he had found, and he showed them the drug paraphernalia on the nightstand. He said he went looking for drugs in his parents' room because he knew of their drug abuse and was "tired of it."

One of the adults called both parents and asked them to return to the residence to speak with the officers there. After saying she would be there in 15 minutes, Stoppard appeared 45 minutes later, the documents state.

Young

Drunk and disorderly: In the charging documents, the officer describes seeing her approaching the residence, "stumbling across the field from Lehr Park." He said she came right up to him and became loud with him. He smelled alcohol on her and suspected she was under the influence of drugs because of her glazed eyes, constricted pupils, raspy speech and poor balance.

He asked her why she was coming across the park rather than having the friend who had driven her home drop her off in front of the house. She made a comment about no one wanting to talk to the police, the documents said.

The officer then asked her why Young had not returned to the residence, and again she said, "Who the  f— wants to talk to the cops," according to the documents.

Neighbors began turning on their lights and looking outside, so the officer detained Stoppard — who was still talking loudly, cursing and once tried to rush past the officer into the house — for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, according to the documents.

Warrant: After obtaining a search warrant, the officers found in the nightstand eight syringes, one glass crack pipe, four blue glassine heroin packets, one spoon with residue and cotton ball and one homemade smoking device containing residue, the documents said.

Young never returned to the residence and broke off communication with police after a couple of brief phone calls. He was arrested some time later. Both Young and Stoppard were placed in York County Prison under $7,500 secured bonds and have since posted bail.

Both are scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Aug. 29.

— Reach John Joyce at jjoyce2@yorkdispatch.comor on Twitter at @JohnJoyceYD.