A Portsmouth couple has been charged with child endangering after a baby, believed to be overdosing, was found on the sidewalk, and the mother reportedly found to be overdosing as well. Brandy Estep, 26 and Jason Bolden, 41 were arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court Wednesday morning.
Officers were in Farley Square last night at about 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, on a call. Officer Taylor Culbertson was approached by a frantic subject that told him a baby was believed to be overdosing on the sidewalk in front of 1238 Robinson Avenue.
Culbertson followed the subject to the location and said he observed a red colored SUV leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said Culbertson was told the child was in the SUV with the father and another male subject was driving the vehicle. The father and the male subject were said to be taking the child to the hospital.
The information was relayed to the Portsmouth 911 Dispatch Center and additional officers responded to the Southern Ohio Medical Center Emergency Room where they reportedly found the child being treated. Upon arrival at the hospital, it was reported that the child was unconscious and having great difficulty breathing.
Culbertson said he was told by subjects at 1238 Robinson Ave. that they believed the child’s mother, Brandy Estep was in 1238 Apartment B Robinson Avenue and she was overdosing as well. Culbertson said he observed Estep through the open front door of the residence and she appeared to be in distress. He said he then entered the apartment to check on her welfare and found she was unresponsive.
An ambulance from Portsmouth Ambulance Company was summoned to the scene and Estep was transported to the Southern Ohio Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment as well.
The child victim, 18-month-old Alonna Bolden, was flown to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus where she is still undergoing treatment. Brewer said toxicology screens so far have failed to provide a cause for the child’s unconscious state and inability to breath freely when she first arrived at the hospital.
Detectives Steve Brewer and Chuck Crapyou of the Portsmouth Police Department were called out to investigate the incident.
During the investigation, Brewer said it has been learned that Brandy Estep, the mother of the child and Jason Bolden, the father of the child, both reside at 1238 Robinson Avenue, Apartment B, with the child. Both Brandy Estep and Jason Bolden were believed to have been involved in using Heroin during the evening and failed to provide for the care and safety of 18-month-old Alonna Bolden.
Estep and Bolden have both been charged with child endangering a felony of the third degree. A third-degree felony carries with it a maximum penalty of up to three years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
The case remains under investigation and it will be presented to the Scioto County grand jury where it is expected additional charges will be considered.
The Portsmouth Police Department encourages anyone who may have additional information involving the investigation to call detective Brewer or detective Crapyou at 740-354-1600 or the Police 911 Center at 740-353-4101.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.