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Yesterday evening, HazletonHeadlines.com reported on a fatal overdose in Drums that resulted in Brittany Noel Horwath, 23, of Drums being charged with endangering the welfare of children.
I've since spoked with Brittany about what happened that evening on May 24th.
"I was at school and so were my kids. I picked them up and we went to get ice-cream. Then when I came home I found my boyfriend (Kodi) on the ground and immediately put my kids in their bedroom and went to check on him."
She went on to say that she couldn't find a pulse or hear a heart beat. Upon dialling 911, her boyfriend, the deceased male, was pronounced dead.
"The police said my house was unsafe for me and my children because it wasn't clean. I am a full time stupid and single mother to 3 year old twin boys and Kodi at the time was working 3rd shift so it was very hard to maintain everything by the end of the day." Brittany said.
Her house was condemned but only so that she could clean it up, which she tells me was done that week.
As of this publishing, Brittany and her kids are allowed to reside at the property.
Brittany went on to say the following:
"Two weeks after my boyfriend's passing, my children's grandmother got a phone call saying I had a warrant out for my arrest and I had to go to the police station immediately. I went and was put on unsecured bail until my court date on the 20th. I was told I couldn't see or communicate with my children who haven't known anyone but me in their lives."
Brittany tells me that ("her) children have been the ones put through hell. My kids are confused and just want their mom back."
She's since met with a lawyer and together they're working on the case.
Meanwhile, custody of her children have been granted to their children's father until her charges are figured out. Though, Brittany tells me that her children's father wasn't ever a full-time figure in their lives.
"I am a great mother and love my kids more then anything. I'd do more for them then most people would do for their own." Brittany said.
"My boyfriend screwed up but he has done more for myself and my kids then we could have ever asked. I know that's what most people say about the ones who die from drugs but my boyfriend wasn't the typical scummy druggy. He was the accepting kind. There aren't too many addicts who only want the best for their family."
She went on to tell me that he'd taken her and her children on many vacations and took great care of them overall.
"He got hooked on the wrong thing and associated with the wrong people but my kids and me always came first."
Brittany says rather than coming to her for help. he struggled alone in fear of disappointing her.
She also tells HazletonHeadlines.com that Children and Youth Services drug tested her twice and both times it came back clean.
Despite how unprofessional this can come across as a journalist, I'm going to issue my own opinionated thoughts.
Brittany and Kodi were bonded by love. They shared a love for each other and their children. Though at the same time, he was struggling with an addiction of illegal substances.
It doesn't need to be said that drugs are bad, but sometimes shit happens and you end up with problems you can't solve - it appears that's what happened to Kodi. And despite his efforts to clean up, he just couldn't escape from his kryptonite.
Brittany, herself, was under the influence of love, not drugs. So then why are we judging her? Because she loved Kodi and was hoping for best, like we all do during the worst of times?
I ask that before anyone judges her, untie your shoes and put hers on. Then take a few steps and tell me how it is to walk a ground that caves in on you unexpectedly. In your head, picture someone you love greatly be killed by an uncontrollable drug addiction. Imagine your children being taken away from you. Just imagine.
In closing, my condolences and prayers are with Brittany and her children. Extend yours in the comment sections on both Facebook and HazletonHeadlines.com.