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Goldsboro police: 3-year-old found in car with parents who overdosed

Posted September 14

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— A 3-year-old child was found Monday in a car parked at a Goldsboro McDonald's while the child's parents were passed out from an apparent heroin overdose, police said.

Goldsboro police responded around 7:10 a.m. to the restaurant at 2002 Wayne Memorial Drive in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. Officers found Steven Britt McCullen, 27, and Christine Danielle McCullen, 26, passed out in the vehicle.

Police said there were several open packages of suspected heroin and several more packages of unopened heroin. Syringes were also found on the scene.

The child was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital to be evaluated. Police said the child was not injured, and Wayne County Social Services took custody of the child.

Brianna Finchum, a McDonald's employee, saw a car parked outside at about 2 a.m. and called 911 when she realized the car had been running for hours. She said she saw two adults slumped over, but never saw the drugs.

"I never saw the drugs myself," she said. "But they were definitely - it wasn't right. Something wasn't right."

Both McCullens were arrested and charged with possession of a schedule I drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse. Steven McCullen is also charged with DWI; he was given a $12,000 secure bond.

Christine McCullen received a $10,000 secure bond.

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  • Maureen Mercer Sep 15, 9:02 a.m.
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    May they loose custody of the child until they clean up and not procreate again. I hope the child grows up healthy and happy.