SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — We’re getting a better idea of what happened when three teenagers were hospitalized for drug overdoses in Sioux Falls earlier this month. What’s more, the teens, ages 15, 19 and 18, were supposed to be watching five other children. The case on April 17 started with a call to a home just south of Washington High School.
According to court papers, police found three teenagers unconscious at a home on the 300 block of N. Holiday Avenue in northeast Sioux Falls. The teens told police two of them snorted a white powder. Another drank the powder in a glass of lemonade. Investigators later searched the home and found more than 19 grams of heroin and 74 grams of cocaine along with three bags of an unknown powder.
“I don’t have an update on the condition of the teenagers; the last we heard that they were still alive, but we haven’t been getting any updates from the hospital,” Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.
34-year-old Sonni Marie Heminger, the owner of the home and mother of the children whom the teenagers were watching, is wanted for several drug charges.
“We haven’t found her yet,” Clemens said. “We’ve checked the area; we’re not sure. Initially when the first medical call came out when the overdose happened, she was out of the state. We’re not sure if she’s returned yet or if she’s still in other states.”
Clemens says this case just shows how much more drugs are coming to Sioux Falls.
“It was probably about four years ago, we were seeing a very small amount, like probably less than ten grams of heroin that were seized the year,” Clemens said. “That has just steadily gone up over the last few years, and so we’ve seen an increase here, it’s really nothing more than what other places in the country have seen.”
The warrant for Heminger carries a $50,000 cash bond.