WASHINGTON, Mo – Washington Public Safety responded to a home on the 600 block of Stafford Road around 9:00 a.m. and found a 13-year-old boy dead in an upstairs bedroom. He has been identified as Zackary A. Foster. Police say the cause of death was drug-related.
Foster was a guest in the home. He spent the night and was hanging out with his 12-year-old friend who lives there. Police believe the two teens found drugs in the home and began to experiment, ultimately leading to the 13-year-olds death.
Detective Steve Sitzes says three adults were taken into custody on unrelated drug charges and possible further charges pending the investigation. Neighbors say those three people arrested were the mother, father, and uncle of the 12-year-old occupant.
Sitzes says when police were on the scene, the 12-year-old boy seemed lethargic and out-of-whack for a long period of time. Police had an EMS team take him to the hospital for blood tests and medical treatment.
Sitzes says he confessed to detectives at the hospital he and then 13-year-old victim in fact were experimenting with drugs in his room.
“It’s very early in the investigation. We have the autopsy to complete tomorrow and further investigation and interviews with the people we took into custody to get more information to figure out what actually lead up to this,” Det. Steve Sitzes said.
Neighbors say this is not the first instance chaos has broken out in the home. A woman who lives across the street, but would like to remain anonymous, said the family is out and about at all hours of the night, and the parents fight publicly, often.
She said she and her husband have filed several complaints against the homeowners for large, uncontrollable bonfires in their backyard.
The 12-year-old boy has been released from the hospital and he and his 7-year-old sister are now in protective custody.