Seattle Dad Popped For Injecting Son With Drugs On Day Divorce Was Finalized
A Redmond man, described in court documents as both an addict and drug dealer, is accused of trying to kill his 4-year-son with heroin on the day his divorce was supposed to be finalized.
The man’s soon-to-be ex-wife found Eric Emil Lehtinen, 37, and their son on a bed in a locked Redmond house on Tuesday. They were unconscious.
The woman removed a blanket from the little boy to find a syringe apparently filled with drugs on his chest, court documents say. Firefighters arrived and despite their efforts neither the father nor child was responsiive. The boy was taken to Seattle Children’s and his father to a local hospital,
Lehtinen is out of the hospital and in jail. He has been charged with attempted murder in the first degree. Prosecutors successfully argued that his bail be set at $3 million.
They described him as a “man who is willing to inject his 4-year-old son with heroin in an attempt to kill the boy and a “dangerous man willing to do anything.”
The little boy is a Seattle Children’s. It’s unknown whether he will suffer long-term damage from the overdose.
Medical staff at the hospital found puncture wounds on his neck and buttocks, indicating needle sticks, court documents say. The hospital found evidence of not only heroin in his blood but also ketamine, morphine, codeine and other drugs.
All we can do is pray for prison justice.
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