Mother who taught teen son how to shoot heroin charged with his death
A 46-year-old Burlington woman who allegedly taught her teenage son how to shoot heroin was charged Monday with his heroin overdose death.
Patricia L. Strosina was charged with intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child resulting in death in connection with the incident that claimed the life of her 16-year-old son Raymond Strosina, according to the criminal complaint.
The boy's father found him at home Sept. 14, slumped over the desk of a basement computer room where a syringe, a burned spoon and other drug paraphernalia were also found, the complaint said.
An autopsy determined Raymond died of respiratory arrest and a mixed drug overdose that included heroin and cocaine.
According to the complaint, several people, including a "case worker" told an investigator with the Racine County Sheriff's Department that the teen had been shooting heroin with his mother.
The investigator also was told that Patricia Strosina would take her son along with her to purchase heroin.
The investigator also was told that the boy was seen smoking marijuana when he was about 14-years-old, that his mother taught him how to shoot heroin and that she once saw Patricia Strosina inject her son with the drug.
The woman was also seen smoking marijuana and crack cocaine with the boy, according to the complaint.
One witness described how Strosina, her son and others would shoot up in Strosina's car after a drug run and how the only conversation that took place in the vehicle would be about "who would get the first needle and who would get the last bit of heroin."
By Jesse Garza of the Journal Sentinel