Man charged with unlawful neglect after overdosing in home with 8-month-old child

Christopher Ryan Griffin (J. Reuben Long photo. WPDE background)

A woman and a man were found unresponsive in a home with a 8-month-old infant on Thursday, according to North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling.

The woman died, but the man was revived with Narcan, according to Dowling.

The man later admitted to police that he "had done heroin and methamphetamines that morning," according to a police report.

Police were first called to the scene at a home on Hillside Drive South for a possible overdose and found a man and a woman in the rear bathroom of the home, according to a police report.

"The female was found to be pulse less and apenic with signs of lividity and was cold to the touch," the report said. The man, identified as Christopher Griffin, was revived and taken to North Strand ER.

Griffin's mother told police she had stopped by the home earlier in the morning and got no answer, but she could hear the baby crying inside, according to a police report. She came back again later and, with help from friends, forced her way inside and found her son and the woman in the bathroom, according to a police report.

She told officers "she had found the child on the bed alone in the living room next to a large 12" kitchen knife and a nearby table with what appeared to be residue from the heroin," the report stated.

Officers also found glass pipes in the living room and other drug paraphernalia and residue, according to a police report. They also found a marijuana plant next to a window in a bedroom, according to a police report.

Because of "the immediate danger that the child was placed in, Mr. griffin was placed under arrest while in the care of hospital staff," according to a police report.

A cause of death for the woman, who was the mother of the child, has not yet been released.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden said she can confirm that the office responded to a death, but the toxicology report is pending. Those results could take 8-12 weeks to come in, she added.

The Department of Social Services was notified and the child was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Dowling said other charges could be added for Griffin.

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