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Stow woman, two others plead guilty in teen's heroin death

from staff reports Published: September 4, 2016 12:00 AM

A Stow woman and two Akron women have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the heroin death of an Akron teenage boy.

According to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, Heather Frye and Brenda Frye, both of Akron, and Jessica Irons of Stow, pleaded guilty Wednesday in the Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Lynne Callahan is scheduled to sentence all three defendants on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.

The three women were charged in connection with the heroin death of Heather Frye's 16-year-old son, Andrew. On April 6, Andrew Frye was found dead at a hotel room in Green.

The Summit County Medical Examiner determined the teen died from injecting heroin. Investigators discovered Frye's mother, Heather, her friend, Jessica Irons, and Heather Frye's mother Brenda Frye (Andrew's grandmother) were all in the hotel room prior to Andrew's death. As part of their investigation, Summit County Sheriff's Deputies discovered the heroin Andrew used was obtained by Brenda Frye from her boyfriend, Donald Callaghan. Brenda sold the heroin to Heather while Andrew was present.

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Heather Frye, 32, pleaded guilty to first degree felony involuntary manslaughter and endangering children and tampering with evidence, both third degree felonies.

Irons, 35, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence, both third degree felonies.

Brenda Frye, 52, pleaded guilty to first degree felony involuntary manslaughter and trafficking in heroin, a fourth degree felony.

The fourth defendant charged in the case, Donald Callaghan, is scheduled to go on trial on one count of possession of heroin on Sept. 12 in front of Judge Callahan.


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