ST. LOUIS • A Granite City couple now face criminal charges after police found them unconscious in their car after apparently injecting heroin with their 4-year-old daughter in the back seat.
George D. Stevenson, 32, and Diane Van Deusen, 31, both of the 2500 block of Iowa Street in Granite City, were charged Tuesday in St. Louis Circuit Court.
According to court documents, St. Louis police responded to a call about suspicious people on the parking lot of a gas station at East Grand Avenue and Interstate 70 at about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 13.
An officer saw paramedics helping Van Deusen, who was initially unconscious.
She told the officer that she had bought what court documents describe as nine "pills" of heroin at the gas station, injected four of them, took four Xanax and tried to drive out of the parking lot.
Witnesses saw her trying to drive out before the vehicle stopped in the middle of the street, authorities said. The witnesses went up to the car and saw Van Deusen unconscious with a syringe in her hand, Stevenson also apparently unconscious, and the girl in the back seat.
The witnesses brought the girl inside the gas station to wait for police, and Stevenson threw the syringe to the ground and tried to move Van Deusen from the driver's seat in order to drive away himself, police said.
Police searched him and found five heroin pills on him, and found more syringes inside and under the vehicle and in Van Deusen's purse.
Stevenson faces charges of drug possession and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and Van Deusen faces charges of drug possession, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a child, and driving while under the influence of drugs.
Police and a circuit attorney spokesperson wouldn't comment about the current status of the child.
VALERIE SCHREMP HAHN
STLtoday 26th Oct 2011
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