A Pennsylvania couple has been found dead after the couple's 7-year-old daughter called her school to alert her teacher that she couldn’t wake her parents.
The Daily Mail reports that Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, were found dead in their McKeesport, Pennsylvania, apartment; the suspected cause of death is a heroin overdose. Authorities also found a 9-month-old girl, 3-year-old boy, and 5-year-old boy at the home. All of the children were taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated.
Apparently, when the 7-year-old contacted her school claiming she couldn’t wake her parents, the school called authorities.
Lt. Andrew Schurman said it appears that Dilly and Lally had been dead for at least a day or two, with no foul play being suspected. Evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia was discovered in the home, and according to police, there was another fatal heroin overdose on the same street earlier in the same day. Autopsies are being conducted to establish the exact cause of death.
According to WPXI, neighbor Jordon McCallister claims he saw Dilly and Lally’s children over the weekend with no sign of their parents. Lally’s sister, Courtney, has also accused Jessica of being a drug addict and keeping the children in deplorable living conditions.
Courtney wrote a Facebook post criticizing her sister for keeping her house dirty, neglecting her children, and even abusing them. She also attached several pictures of Jessica’s home to the post.
Courtney also claims that the children have been affected developmentally by Jessica’s drug use, with one of the daughters having to stay in the hospital a few extra days after her birth due to being born with drugs in her system. She also claims that she and Jessica’s mother raised the girl from infancy, which Courtney believe explains how she became a straight-A student at school.
The Department of Children and Youth Services had previously taken the children away from Jessica and Dilly, only to return them to the custody of their parents.
It is unclear who will take care of the children now that their parents have passed.