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Lee Johnson was sentenced to 180 days in the Middleown City Jail today after pleading guilty to child endangering charges. He was found overdosed in a house with two children. GREG LYNCH/STAFF
Lee Johnson was sentenced to 180 days in the Middleown City Jail today after pleading guilty to child endangering charges. He was found overdosed in a house with two children. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

A Middletown man found overdosed last week with two children in his Hill Avenue home has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangering.

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Lee Johnson, 25, appeared before visiting Middletown Municipal Court Judge Rober Messham Jr. today for a brief hearing where a disorderly conduct charge was dismissed.

Messham sentenced Johnson to 180 days in the city jail and he was given a $200 fine. He has been in jail since Friday when the same judge upped his bond to $50,000.

The mother of the children, Chelsie Marshall, 24, who was also found overdosed in the house, pleaded guilty to the same charges last week and is currently service a 180-day sentence in jail.

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A 5-year-old boy walked two blocks to his step-grandfather’s house at about 5 a.m. May 18 to say his parents were dead, according to Middletown police.

Officers found Marshall and Johnson overdosed on heroin. A 3-month-old girl was also found in the home, crying in a car seat in the living room, according to the police report.

After they were found on the floor, Marshall and Johnson were revived by paramedics.

The situation could have been “10 times worse,” Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw previously told the Journal-News. “Anybody should be appalled.”

Officers brought the young boy and infant back to the police department after the incident. The boy was given a badge “for being so brave,” according to police.

Muterspaw called the boy “a little hero,” adding that it was dark and he was barefoot when he left the house.

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