Woman arrested on child neglect charge after reported overdose near her child in Fairmont

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A woman has been arrested after police responded to a suspected overdose with a child present in Marion County.

On March 10, Marion County Rescue Squad and Fairmont Fire Department were requested to respond to Wings Ole on Locust Avenue in Fairmont for an unresponsive person. Upon arrival, they requested the Fairmont Police to the scene due to a suspected overdose in the presence of a child, according to court documents.

Upon police arrival, officers said Shelly Patchen, 43, was found unresponsive and being attended to by EMS and fire department members. Officers said they were advised by Wings Ole staff that Patchen was unresponsive and leaning against a wall while sitting at a table just inside the entrance of the restaurant.

Patchen’s 9-year-old son was also present with her and witnessed the entire situation, according to police. Officers said the child was hysterically crying and very upset.

Patchen was given Narcan, which is used to reverse the effects of an overdose, which had a positive reaction, police said. The positive reaction to Narcan indicated to officers that Patchen had opioids in her system, according to court documents. Patchen was then taken to Fairmont Regional Medical Center for further evaluation. While being treated, nursing staff told officers that Patchen had traces of cocaine and opiates in her system.

Officers said Patchen had four separate substances inside of her purse. Three of the substances were cocaine and the fourth substance was heroin/fentanyl, according to court documents. Officers said a K9 unit was able to indicate that Patchen had driven her vehicle to Wings Ole. No other drugs or paraphernalia were found inside her vehicle, according to police.

Patchen has been charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, according to court documents. 

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