Mother confronts teenage daughter smoking heroin in bathroom

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: A mother called police after her 16-year-old daughter fled her house on foot after being caught smoking heroin in the bathroom.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – A mother at the end of her rope confronted her teenage daughter as the girl was apparently smoking heroin in the bathroom.

Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of 8th Avenue on Feb. 6 at about 7:31 p.m. regarding the incident.

Upon arrival, the mother said he could hear the flicking of a cigarette lighter in the bathroom and confronted her 16-year-old daughter, who was apparently smoking heroin on a piece of tin foil.

The mother attempted to speak to the juvenile about what she was doing, but the girl stormed off from the residence, threatening to injure herself. The mother attempted to follow her daughter but had to stop due to an injury, according to a Safford Police report.

After asking what the mother did with the paraphernalia and drugs, the mother retrieved the items from the trash can. The officer noted there was a small amount of heroin still on a burned piece of tin foil. The officer then secured the items as evidence.

An attempt to locate the juvenile was broadcast to no avail. The school resource officer then tried to locate the juvenile at school the following day, but she was not in attendance.

Officers also met with friends of the juvenile in their attempts to find her, but their efforts were not fruitful. One friend said he hadn’t seen the juvenile but that he had seen some disturbing Snapchats she had sent about nobody “being there for her.”

The officer entered the girl into the National Crime Information Center and the Arizona Crime Information Center as a missing juvenile.