N.H. parents charged after passing out while bathing son

Two people in Manchester, N.H., were arrested Thursday on charges of child endangerment after allegedly overdosing on heroin while giving their 3-year-old son a bath in December, officials said.

Eric Carter, 21, and Stephanie McCassin, 24, were arrested after the state Department of Child and Family Services issued a warrant alleging they put their son at risk, Manchester police said in a statement. Each was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

On Dec. 4, officers responded to a call from the child’s grandmother, Mary Macdonald, who was in the home at the time. When police arrived at the Bethel Court home, the boy had been removed unharmed from the bathtub by his grandmother while the parents remained on the bathroom floor.


Macdonald told police that Carter, who is her son, and McCassin live with their child but that she is the primary caretaker for the boy because of her son’s past drug problems. Macdonald told police the adults were passed out while the child remained in the bathtub unaware of the situation.

Carter and McCassin were brought to Elliot Hospital in Manchester and treated for apparent heroin overdoses, police said.

They were released on $1,000 personal recognizance. Carter will appear in the Ninth Circuit Court in Milford, N.H., on May 22, while McCassin is scheduled to appear on Tuesday.

Rebecca Fiore can be reached at rebecca.fiore@globe.com.