Mother pleads guilty in heroin death of her son

AKRON, OHIO - Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says Heather Frye, Brenda Frye, and Jessica Irons pleaded guilty in connection with the heroin death of Heather’s 16-year-old son Andrew in a motel in Green in April, according to a new release.

Heather Frye, 32, of Akron, pleaded guilty to the following charges:

• Involuntary Manslaughter – a felony of the 1st degree
• Endangering Children – a felony of the 3rd degree
• Tampering with Evidence – a felony of the 3rd degree

Brenda Frye, 52, of  Akron, pleaded guilty to the following charges:

• Involuntary Manslaughter – a felony of the 1st degree
• Trafficking in Heroin – a felony of the 4th degree

Jessica Irons, 35, of Stow, pleaded guilty to the following charges:

• Involuntary Manslaughter – a felony of the 3rd degree
• Tampering with Evidence – a felony of the 3rd degree

According to the prosecutor's news release, on April 6, 2016, 16-year-old Andrew Frye was found dead at a hotel room in Green, Ohio.

The Summit County Medical Examiner determined the teen died from injecting heroin.

Investigators discovered Frye’s mother Heather, her friend Jessica Irons, and Heather Frye’s mother Brenda Frye (Andrew’s Grandmother) were all in the hotel room prior to Andrew’s death, according to the release.

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As part of their investigation, Summit County Sheriff’s Deputies discovered the heroin Andrew used was obtained by Brenda Frye from her boyfriend Donald Callaghan. Brenda sold the heroin to Andrew’s mother Heather while Andrew was present, according to the prosecutor.

Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne Callahan is scheduled to sentence all three defendants on October 12, 2016 at 1pm.

The fourth defendant charged in the case, Donald Callaghan, is scheduled to go on trial on one count of possession of heroin on Monday, September 12, 2016 in front of Judge Callahan.


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