Lincoln police are investigating the death of a 12-year-old girl, found unresponsive when emergency responders arrived at a local residence.
Police Chief Jim Peschong says emergency responders found Serena Garrett on the floor in the hallway of a home.
“We have been told that the 12-year-old victim did take some pills during the night. Whether or not that was because of a headache, we don’t really know. The investigation is still continuing,” Peschong tells reporters.
Police discovered large amounts of prescription drugs in the home, including oxycodone, morphine and methadone.
Peschong says investigators have yet to determine who owned the drugs and how they were used.
“It’s pretty early in the investigation to know,” according to Peschong. “If prescription drugs are laying out when we’re there, I don’t know that we know that the owners of the residence may have left it like that or whether or not other people had.”
The owners of the home were gone when the incident occurred. The five youth at the home ranged in ages from 12 to 19. A 13-year-old friend had invited Serena to the home to help her baby-sit. The youth called police after not being able to wake Serena.