Summit County Sheriff: Teen’s heroin overdose is senseless tragedy

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GREEN, Ohio-- Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry called the death of a 16-year-old boy in a Green hotel room a senseless tragedy.

Deputies were called to the Super 8 Wednesday evening. When deputies arrived, they found Andrew Frye, 16, laying face down in a chair in the room with his mother and her friend.

Barry said it was apparent the teen had been deceased for some time.

"We had a tragedy in Summit County a few nights ago," said Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry. "I would like to classify as a senseless tragedy of the death of a 16-year-old. While it is a senseless tragedy, the circumstances that we uncovered  in the evidence, the probable cause and the facts of the case thus far, at least, turns my stomach.

Brenda Frye (left), Heather Frye and Jessica Irons (Photo courtesy: Akron police)

Brenda Frye (left), Heather Frye and Jessica Irons (Photo courtesy: Akron police)

Barry said they believe Frye passed away from a drug overdose, and his mother and grandmother provided him with the heroin.

His mother, Heather Frye, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering children and tampering with evidence, and his grandmother, Brenda Frye, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, trafficking in drugs and corrupting another with drugs.

Heather Frye's friend, Jessica Irons, and a friend of Brenda Frye also face drug-related charges.

U.S. Marshals said they arrested Heather Frye, 31, and Irons, 35, Friday morning in Stow.

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