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Posted on Wed. Jun. 25, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Father OD's while caring for toddlers


Tadd Mayhew, 27, of Lafayette, faces felony charges after he allegedly overdosed on heroin while entrusted with the care of his two young children.

The mother of the 2- and 3-year-old children returned home after work June 9 to find a stranger on the front porch and her kids on a couch inside, court documents state.

“One child asked her why their dad was laying in the bathroom,” states a probable cause affidavit.

The mother then discovered Mayhew and another male, later identified as Scott Mapes, unconscious on the bathroom floor. She dialed 911.

Officers were dispatched shortly after 8 p.m., the affidavit states. They spoke with Jonathan Long, who’d been on the porch when the mother arrived home. He provided them with a bag containing syringes, spoons and heroin, which he said belongs to Mayhew.

Mapes, who was interviewed June 10, said all three men had been using heroin in the house, two at a time.

“He said one of the three stayed out of the bathroom and watched the kids while the other two went in the bathroom to use the heroin,” court documents state. “Then the third would have his turn to go in to use.”

Mapes said they divided the heroin three ways and each had his own syringe.

Mayhew faces Class B felony possession of a narcotic drug, Class C felony neglect of a dependent, Class D felony possession of a syringe, Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

He pleaded not guilty June 16 and was granted pauper counsel. His criminal history includes convictions for drunken driving and dealing cocaine in 2005.

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