Bazetta PD: Man shot up fiancee with heroin while daughter nearby

Police said the incident happened on Westlake Drive in Bazetta Township

David Benner charged with child endangerment and drug possession in Bazetta Township

BAZETTA, Ohio (WKBN) – A phone call to Bazetta Township Police Wednesday evening about a possible overdose on Westlake Drive turned into something much more.

Officers said David Benner told them he shot up his fiancee, Katheryn Hollis with heroin. When she began foaming at the mouth and vomiting, he had Hollis’ mother call 911.

Hollis’ young daughter was in a crib nearby, and two older children were upstairs with their grandparents, according to a police report.

The report also says that Benner told police he and Hollis started using heroin about a month and a half ago. Police said Benner was cooperative, even telling the authorities the heroin they took  seemed to be a stronger drug than before.

“I believe that he felt that she was possibly in danger,” Bazetta Police Chief Michael Hovis said. “So he thought that probably revealing that information would be something that could possibly save her life.”

In this case, the kids were not hurt. But Hollis and Benner are both facing charges of child endangerment and drug possession. Benner also faces charges of having drug paraphernalia.

Hollis was treated and released from St. Joseph’s Hospital. She has been charged but is not in jail.

Both suspects will be in court Friday.

If you or a loved one struggles with opiate addiction, WKBN has obtained material from the TAG Law Enforcement Group that can help.

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