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Ohio boy seen in car with passed-out adults gets new home

Posted September 14

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, file photo, released by the East Liverpool Police Department, a young child sits in a vehicle behind his grandmother, Rhonda Pasek and her boyfriend, James Acord, both of whom are unconscious from a drug overdose, in East Liverpool, Ohio. An Ohio judge has turned over the custody of the boy. A Columbiana County Juvenile Court administrator told The Associated Press that the boy’s great uncle and great aunt petitioned the court for custody, which was granted by a judge on Monday, Sept. 12. (East Liverpool Police Department via AP, File)

— A 4-year-old Ohio boy pictured in police photos in the back seat of a car while his grandmother and her boyfriend were slumped over from a drug overdose is moving in with other relatives.

Columbiana County Juvenile Court administrator Dane Walton tells The Associated Press that the boy's great uncle and great aunt in South Carolina petitioned the court for custody, which was granted Monday by a judge.

Walton says the grandmother, Rhonda Pasek, was granted custody of the boy six weeks ago. Walton says the judge's report shows that at the time there was "no evidence brought forward" of any drug issues with Pasek.

Pasek is being held on a child endangerment charge. Her boyfriend, James Acord, pleaded guilty to child endangerment and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

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  • Maureen Mercer Sep 14, 11:11 p.m.
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    Are the child's parent incarcerated that they do not have custody, or drugged out like grandma?