St. Charles Co. residents help children after mom ODs on heroin -

St. Charles Co. residents help children after mom ODs on heroin

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo ( – St. Charles County residents answered a call for help after the mother of two children overdosed on heroin while cooking dinner.

“After seeing what they were living in, seeing what they have as the normal life to play with and things of that nature, we wanted them to know, even in this trying time, their community still care for them,” said St. Charles County Police Officer Kevin Couty.

Couty was the first officer on the scene after Amber Strong, the mother of the two kids, was arrested. After seeing what the living conditions were for the children, the ST. Charles County Police Department posted a call for help on their Facebook page.

“In just a couple hours after we set up the fund, it was booming,” Couty said. “Our community response was amazing. It's overwhelming.”

Executive Director Elphanie Swift of The Child Center, an organization that helps children in need, says counselors handled 425 cases last year and are on pace to handle more this year.

“I don't think people realize that one in four girl and one in six boys in our communities will be sexually abused before the age of 18,” Swift said. The Child Center helps children who are victims of neglect, abuse, or who witness violent crimes. They serve St. Charles, Lincoln, and 12 other northeast Missouri counties.

Donations to the children in the Amber Strong case can be made at the St. Charles County Police Department between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. The collection ends June 13.

Click here for more info on The Child Center.

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