Man overdoses on heroin, leaves infant alone in North Myrtle Beach home, report says


NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A North Myrtle Beach man is in jail and an infant in his care was placed in state custody after he overdosed on drugs with the child in the home, according to a police report.

An incident report from North Myrtle Beach Police says officers were called to 92 Hillside Drive South Thursday at 12:43 p.m. for a possible overdose. When officers arrived they found a man and woman both unresponsive in the bathroom of the home. The woman didn’t have a pulse and “was cold to the touch,” the report states.

The man, later identified as Christopher Ryan Griffin, 35, was barely breathing. Horry County Fire Rescue crews administered Narcan to Griffin and began patient care. Another medic team determined the female was deceased and removed her from the bathroom, according to the report.

The report confirms that Griffin and the deceased woman had an infant in their care inside the home. Griffin’s mother spoke with police and explained that she found the baby alone on a bed in the living room. The infant was lying next to a large knife and a nearby table that was smeared with heroin residue.

Medics checked the child and through conversation with Griffin’s mother, determined the baby had been left alone for an undetermined amount of time. The infant was taken to the hospital for evaluation and the Department of Social Services was called to investigate.

Griffin’s mother told police that she came to the home Thursday morning and could hear the baby crying, but no one would answer the door. She assumed her son was sleeping, so she left. She returned to the home later Thursday and when Griffin still would not open the door, the woman called friends for help and forced her way into the home. Griffin’s mother found her son and the deceased woman in the bathroom and called 911.

While in the ambulance on his way to the hospital, Griffin told medics he had done heroin and snorted meth Thursday morning before passing out, the report says.

The police report notes that officers found two glass pipes, two baggies with “$” signs and an orange straw that appeared to have residue on it lying on a glass surface. Officers also found a marijuana plant, about three feet tall, growing in a bedroom of the home.

Griffin was placed under arrest at the hospital and an officer was left to stand by until Griffin was released, according to the report.

Griffin is charged with unlawful neglect of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

The deceased woman’s name has not been released.

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