Police: Babysitter facing charges after apparent heroin overdose

VIDEO: Police: Babysitter facing charges after apparent heroin overdose
Published: Mar. 7, 2017 at 4:08 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM EST
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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant Police say a babysitter apparently overdosed on heroin while watching two young children.

Kristen Morley faces a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to MPPD officials, the investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

Police responded to Monday afternoon to a home in Mount Pleasant in reference to an apparent overdose, the report states. Charleston County EMS told officers the woman had collapsed face down in the kitchen of the home with a used syringe on the floor next to her, the report states.

Police say the woman was conscious and talking and admitted the substance in the syringe was heroin.

Morley was babysitting two children under the age of one year old at the time of her collapse, the report states. The report states an adult arrived home and found Morley collapsed on the floor, but the report does not identify the person who found her or their connection to the infants.

During a probable cause search, police say they also found a syringe cap and a used paper towel with a small amount of blood residue on the counter, and a silver spoon with a dried up white residue substance and a small cotton view "in plain view located in the top portion" of her purse, the report states. Police say they found two additional unused syringes in her purse.

Both infants were in their cribs when the unidentified person arrived at the home and discovered Morley on the floor and neither child appeared to be harmed, the report states.

The news that a babysitter allegedly overdosed while watching children has a local nanny in shock, “I’m shocked. I just can’t believe somebody would do drugs while they’re with kids. I don’t get it. I can’t even fathom what this woman was thinking," Nancy O'Brien said.

She's worried this one situation could give nanny's a bad name.

"You hope that it's not going to give nanny's a bad name because there's a lot of good ones out there. And this is just shocking and hopefully this is an isolated incident and it would be a shame if parents got scared," O'Brien said.

O'Brien also said to ensure your kids have the utmost care to do your homework before leaving them in someone else's hands.

"Get your friends recommendations, and check them out if you have to. If you're not going through an agency do a background check yourself, it's a few dollars and well worth it," O'Brien said.

As of Tuesday night Morley had not been booked into the Charleston County Jail.

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