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Man arrested for child abuse after 1-year-old overdosed on heroin, police report shows

The child was given two doses of Narcan and was taken to East Tennessee Children's Hospital by ambulance, the report states.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — One man has been arrested after his one-year-old child overdosed on heroin, according to a police report.

The report shows that officers responded to an overdose incident involving a child on October 12 at 8:07 p.m at 2008 Mountair Drive.

AMR arrived at the scene and found the child was turning blue and not breathing. The child was given two doses of Narcan and was taken to East Tennessee Children's Hospital by ambulance, the report states.

The father, 33-year-old Jeffery Michael Thompson of Friendsville, admitted to officers at the scene that he had shot up two points of heroin in the bathroom while watching the child, according to a report. Thompson said he did not wash his hands and fed the child string cheese and touched her with his bare hands. Shortly after, he noticed the child had become "woozy" and sleepy, saw her eyes roll back and then she stopped breathing.

According to the report, the mother of the child, Madeline Styles, was not at the scene during the incident. A Department of Children's Service referral was made.

Thompson was arrested and faces charges for child abuse, neglect, and endangerment. Thompson is due to appear in court on October 18 for a bond hearing.