Boy, 15, Arrested in Teen Girl’s Fatal Overdose in Hollywood – NBC Los Angeles


A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in the overdose dying of a scholar at Helen Bernstein High School earlier this week, Los Angeles police mentioned Thursday.

The boy, a scholar at an impartial constitution faculty positioned on the identical campus in Hollywood, additionally was accused in an overdose that left the lady’s buddy hospitalized, Chief Michel Moore mentioned. A 16-year-old boy additionally was arrested and booked on suspicion of drug gross sales for allegedly promoting narcotics to a 3rd scholar at Lexington Park close to the highschool.

Both teenagers beneath arrest are college students at Apex Academy who knew one another, Moore mentioned. Their names should not being launched as a result of their ages.

Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are working to seek out the distributors who offered the 15- and 16-year-old boys with the drugs, Moore mentioned.

“There is a drug organization behind this,” Moore mentioned.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s workplace additionally recognized the teenage lady who tragically died of an obvious overdose in a toilet in the varsity as 15-year-old Melanie Ramos. Ramos and one other teenage lady had been discovered on the Bernstein High campus round 9 p.m. on Tuesday, when a person went searching for his daughter after she didn’t return dwelling from faculty.

The father went to the Bernstein High campus in Hollywood to seek for his daughter, and located her in the courtyard of the varsity, affected by an overdose.

The lady advised her father that her buddy — Ramos — was nonetheless contained in the constructing. The man and a faculty worker discovered Ramos unresponsive in the restroom.

She died on the scene.

The man’s daughter was taken to a hospital and is OK as of Wednesday morning.

Police consider the 2 women purchased what they had been advised was Percocet — a prescription drug containing oxycodone, a narcotic, and acetominophen, the painkiller used in Tylenol.

The two women made their buy in Lexington Park, simply south of Bernstein High, earlier that very same day, in line with police. When the 2 youngsters took the drugs, they instantly felt ailing.

According to the LAPD, somebody was promoting drugs laced with fentanyl, which contributed to the 2 women’ overdoses.

Two extra overdose victims had been additionally discovered close by on Tuesday, police mentioned, and they’re believed to be a part of the identical case. Those two victims haven’t been recognized, however the LAPD mentioned one is a teenage boy who went to a different native highschool. No details about the opposite, fourth complete sufferer has been made out there.

Those extra victims additionally bought medicine in Lexington Park.

LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho went to Bernstein High Wednesday morning to fulfill with the lifeless lady’s household. He lashed out on the scourge of medication being offered to teen college students, saying folks have been promoting narcotics in Lexington Park for weeks.

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