Cops: Harrison parents exposed toddler to drugs

HARRISON, Ohio – Two Harrison, Ohio parents were arrested Thursday after police say they exposed one of their three children to drugs.

A judge set bond Friday at $75,000 for Matthew and Ashley Bickel. Police say the couple’s 1-year-old daughter became sick on July 28 and tested positive at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for Suboxone (a chronic pain medication), methamphetamine, amphetamine and nicotine.

Authorities said the two instructed their 8 and 10-year-old sons to tell investigators that the toddler was exposed to the drugs at Miami Whitewater Forest Park.

But after an investigation, police said they uncovered the 1-year-old was actually exposed at the couple’s home in the 5000 block of Lawrenceburg Road in Harrison.

On Aug. 12, the couple’s sons were interviewed again and admitted to lying to investigators, authorities said.

Matthew and Ashley have been charged with child endangerment.

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