Couple uses drugs while at park with child

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Firefighters at a west side station notified police after spotting a couple who appeared to be abusing drugs in a city park and had a child with them.

Police were called to Ipes Park around 5:20 p.m. Sunday where they found Ashley Leonard and Christopher Uscianowski standing next to their vehicles at the park.

According to police report, officers observed Leonard stumbling around and nearly falling over while talking with Uscianowski.

Officers approached the couple and discovered both were acting nervous. Uscianowski was shaking and visible marks, that police believe were caused by a needle, were found on Leonard’s arm.

Police searched Uscianowski’s car where they found three hypodermic needles. A search of Leonard’s vehicle did not turn up anything.

Uscianowski told police he and Leonard went to a west side home earlier where they obtained heroin and went to the park with the 4-year-old child to use the drugs.

Both were placed under arrest and the male child was turned over to Children Services.

Uscianowski was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments. He was arraigned Monday and released. A pretrial is set for July 23.

Leonard was charged with child endangering. She was also arraigned on Monday and released. A pretrial is scheduled for August 16.

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