EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — The young boy pictured in a viral Facebook post from Ohio police meant to send a message about the heroin epidemic has found a new home.
The 4-year-old is going to live with his great-aunt and great-uncle in South Carolina, Columbiana County Court Administrator Dane Walton told NBC News.
The East Liverpool Police Department posted two images on the city’s Facebook page last week showing two adults who they said overdosed on heroin in a car with the little boy in the backseat.
The Ohio authorities that posted the image online said they did it to send a message. And that’s exactly what they did, since the post was seen by millions of people within 24 hours.
“We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug,” the post states. “We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess. This child can’t speak for himself but we are hopeful this story can convince another user to think twice about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody.”
According to a police report, an East Liverpool officer spotted an SUV with West Virginia license plates driving erratically on Sept. 7. The officer saw the driver slam on the brakes when the SUV approached a stopped school bus that was dropping kids off, the police report states. The SUV came to a stop in the middle of the road and the officer approached.
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