Arrest warrant issued for owner of home where babysitter and 2 teens overdosed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls police have issued an arrest warrant for the owner of a Sioux Falls home where three teenage girls overdosed while baby-sitting five younger children last week.

Sonni Heminger, 34, is wanted for possession and distribution of a controlled drug, maintaining a place where drugs are kept, and violating a drug-free zone.

The incident happened on April 17 at a home in northeast Sioux Falls where the oldest of the teen girls, 19, was supposed to be baby-sitting five younger children, all under the age of 12. Two other teenage girls were with her, one 15 and the other 18.

At around 9 p.m. one of the children found the girls passed out, and called a friend who then called 911.

According to court documents, one of the girls was found unresponsive on the kitchen floor, while the other two girls were passed out in the downstairs bathroom.

First responders initially believed carbon monoxide poisoning was at fault, but later determined they had overdosed on an unknown substance.

A search warrant was issued the following day and authorities found 19.5 grams of heroine, 74 grams of cocaine and three bags of an unknown substance thought to be cocaine at the home.

According to an affidavit, one of the teens told police that two of the girls snorted some of the drugs and the third mixed drugs into a glass of lemonade before drinking it. One of the girls said she then went upstairs to prepare a bottle to feed to a baby and that’s the last thing she remembers.

Police have not been able to locate Heminger, and think she may be out of state.

She’s believed to be the mother of at least some of the five children that were being baby-sat. They have since been put in the care of relatives.



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