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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Jen Steer April 8, 201611:31 am

Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry and Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler are expected to speak soon.

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Representatives from prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh’s office will also take part in the news conference. 

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“We had a tragedy in Summit County a few nights ago,” Sheriff Barry says. He calls it a “senseless tragedy” that turns his stomach.

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Barry says his deputies were at the hotel within a minute of receiving the call. They found 16-year-old Andrew Frye laying face down in a chair. He says it was apparent Andrew had deceased for some time.

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The sheriff says they have reason to believe that Andrew Frye passed away from a drug overdose. It appears his mother, her friend, his grandmother and a friend of the grandmother all hand a hand in it.

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Barry says they made four arrests and served a search warrant at a house in Akron. 

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Heather Frye charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, and tampering with evidence; Brenda Frye charged with involuntary manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs, and trafficking with drugs; Jessica Irons tampering with evidence and possession. A man was also charged with possession of drugs.

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Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler says the toxicologist has been running heroin screenings every morning, that’s why they had results so quickly.

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