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Police: Child explains how mother shoots up heroin
By: Maria Miller
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- It's hard to imagine a 5-year-old knowing all about heroin, from delivery, to cooking it, to shooting up. But one little girl in Johnstown does and police said she went to them when her mother was arrested and told them she watched her mom inject herself, and even told cops who's been bringing the drugs to their home.
It's sad and disturbing, but police said that the child not only knew what heroin looked like, but was able to give officers accurate, step-by-step instructions on how to use it.
"I don't sell drugs, I use heroin." That's what Tyanne Hamer allegedly told police when they showed up to her Oakhurst apartment last week, looking for drugs.
Police said Hamer fought with officers, screamed obscenities and threw things across the room, including her 4-month-old child when they went to arrest her.
"The warrant was for her selling drugs, which she had done previous times to our informants," said Johnstown police Capt. Andrew Frear.
After she was taken into custody, police said they found several baggies of suspected heroin, spoons and syringes lying out in the open.
"In addition to that, the house was a complete disarray," Frear said. "It was just disgusting and in fact, there were children living there."
That's when officers said they got an entire lesson on how to use heroin from Hamer's 5-year-old daughter.
"She was very familiar in how to use it. It's sad that the mother was not only doing it, but would corrupt her child this way by letting her know how to do it and why she does it and the purposes," Frear said. "It's ridiculous."
A criminal complaint said the girl told police how her mom's friends brings small bags to her all the time, before pointing out one of the bags.
The girl told detectives, "That's what mommy puts on the spoon...she adds a little water then puts her lighter under it until it boils."
The child added that her mom, "Puts the boiled stuff inside the needle...she gives herself a shot in the arm."
"People that have kids at home, this is what you try to protect them from," Frear said. "Here's a parent with obviously no interest whatsoever in protecting her children. She wants to let her children see how to use it. It totally goes everything against what you believe as a parent."
In addition to several drug charges, Hamer is also facing child endangerment. She's in jail on $50,000 bond. Documents said her children are staying with family.