Dad Accused of Injecting 4-Year-Old With Heroin May Have Been Trying to Save His Marriage

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syringeIt's not unusual to hear about a divorcing couple to go out of their way to hurt each other, but this recent case is one of the most horrific I've ever heard. Washington state dad Eric Lehtinen is accused of injecting his 4-year-old son with heroin, ketamine, morphine, and codeine on the day his divorce was to be finalized. The reason?

He was reportedly trying to delay the divorce. Lehtinen also allegedly injected himself with the toxic cocktail. When his ex came to collect her son, she walked into a nightmare scene. Both were on the bed unconscious, and when she pulled back the covers, she found a drug-filled syringe sticking out of the boy's chest, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Fortunately they were still breathing and rushed to the hospital.

Lehtinen has since been released from the hospital and arrested on attempted murder in the first degree. His little boy, however, remains hospitalized and it's unclear whether or not he'll have long-term damage. It's a horrifying situation for this poor mom, who says that her husband of six years had a history as both a heroin user and dealer, and she even asked for drug testing to take place for the custody agreement.

For most of us, this is an unimaginable crime. We can't understand anyone who would hurt or try to kill their kids. Sadly, we hear horror stories like this all the time, but they never get any easier to accept. It's crazy that Lehtinen may have thought this crime would keep his marriage in tact a little longer. But he clearly wanted to devastate his ex too. Divorce is an incredibly painful process and one side often wants to make sure the other is hurting as much as they are. However, using your kid to do that is unforgivable. By hurting the children you share, isn’t that punishing yourself too?

If found guilty, what kind of penalty do you think this dad should receive?


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Pixie030 Pixie030

Attempted murder is the charge that should be stuck with him forever.. adding the attempted murder of a minor, abuse of a minor, drug charges.. and whatever else was found around their son. One of my biggest fears is my ex using our kids to hurt me further after leaving him.. and I know he would never have drugs around our kids and especially not intentionally inject them with anything. My fear is him hurting them, not on purpose but during one of his fits of rage where he apparently has no control over himself.

Jaghd810 Jaghd810

I think you should report the full story before asking opinions. 

pinkc... pinkchuchu

What is the full story?

EmilyH87 EmilyH87

"Saving his marriage" should not be anywhere near a title for this story. He was a drug addict who was trying to hurt his ex by murdering his own child. Lock him up and throw away the key.

BPayne09 BPayne09

Why is it so hard for the writers on this site to read the whole story before they start typing away? No let's just read half of it and add made up details to fill in what I didn't read!

Marla Hohn-Vaughan

Life in prison! That is attempted murder of his own son! Absolutely horrifying!

nonmember avatar Tiffany

This is local news to me. No where in the story does it state that the syringe was sticking out of his chest. The syringe was laying on his chest. These stories should be factual. Only half of this info in correct.
Either way, its an unimaginable thing to do to your child. Horrific.

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