Redmond, WA – The ex-wife of Eric Lehtinen arrived at his home Tuesday to pick up their 4-year-old son and found that Lehtinen had attempted to kill the boy by injecting him with heroin.
When the unidentified woman got inside the locked home after a job interview, she found Lehtinen unconscious, as was their son who also had a syringe sticking out of his chest. Both were rushed to the hospital where staff found indications of needle marks on the boy’s neck and buttocks.
Tests would reveal he’d been injected with a drug cocktail of heroin, ketamine, morphine, codeine, and other drugs. The latest reports have him listed in stable condition, but doctors are unsure of what long-term damage the drugs may have caused.
Lehtinen was released from the hospital and sent straight to jail. He did not collect $200. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. He’s being held on $3 million bail after prosecutors described him as a “man who is willing to inject his 4-year-old son with heroin in an attempt to kill the boy” and a “dangerous man willing to do anything.” If convicted, Lehtinen will be looking at a minimum of 15 years behind bars.
The woman and Lehtimen had been married for six years, but the day Lehtinen tried to kill his son was also the day their divorce was to be finalized. Lehtinen wanted to delay the finalization, but may have went a little overboard.
Lehtinen, described in court documents as both a drug addict and a drug dealer, has a history of overdoses and attempted suicides. The woman told police that he seemed a little depressed when she dropped off their son that day, but wasn’t worried about her son’s safety. When police searched his home, they found seven syringes containing an unknown substance, three used syringes in the bedroom, and $12,620.
“I just don’t understand how messed up you have to be to inject your 4-year-old with heroin. Never heard of anything like this, never even had the thought cross my mind of anything like this happening in the world,” neighbor Alex Marchand said. Someone apparently hasn’t stumbled upon the Dreamin’ Demon yet.Tags: Attempted Murder, Crime, Drugs, Eric Lehtinen, heroin, overdose, Washington