An Ohio man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for injecting his son with heroin.
Derrick Buell of Columbus tried to withdraw a plea of guilty after a deal was struck with THE Franklin County Prosecutor's Office in June, but the judge denied that request.
Five of the six charges were dropped against him in that plea agreement.
Buell, whom police said was a well-known drug addict, was convicted for injecting his then 14-year-old son with heroin every day for a month last summer.
The boy's mother spoke with WSYX about the day she got her son back.
"He was almost unconscious," she said. "He had foam coming out of his mouth and his eyes were rolling in his head."
The teen, she said, was supposed to be staying with his grandmother, not his heroin-addicted father.
"He doesn't want to lose that love that a father and son are supposed to have," she said.
Her son has been in rehab and counseling since last year.
"I have my fingers crossed there is a bright future for him, but we can only take it one day at a time," she said. "And right now it's a struggle."
WSYX-TV (Fox 11 Ohio)
July 31, 2015
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Ohio father found guilty of injecting son with heroin every day for a month