Police: Woonsocket man nearly overdosed with child in backseat

Blackstone Valley

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have arrested a man who they say nearly overdosed on the side of the road with a child in the backseat.

On Friday just before 7 p.m., officers responded to a possible overdose near Victory Highway and North Main Street.

Police said when officers arrived, they found 33-year-old Michael Krajczynski of Woonsocket passed out in the drivers seat of his vehicle.

Officers on scene administered one dose of Narcan, but police said it seemed to have no effect on Krajczynski. According to police, he then began to turn blue and stopped breathing.

Police said another dose of Narcan was administered by the responding officers just as North Smithfield Rescue arrived. North Smithfield EMS then administered two more doses of Narcan, at which point police said Krajczynski became conscious and alert.

Krajczynski was transported to Landmark Medical Center for medical evaluation. At this time, police said officers discovered a young child in the back seat. It’s unclear if the child is related to Krajczynski​​​​​​​.

Police said officers on scene removed the child from the vehicle and contacted the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). The child was eventually released to his mother.

On Saturday, Krajczynski spoke with officers at the North Smithfield Police Department and told police he had taken two white pills that “he thought were OxyContins.” He then told police he “began to feel strange” and pulled over.

Krajczynski told officers he had been experiencing shoulder pain but was not prescribed to take the medication for it. Police said Krajczynski admitted he had “made a bad decision.”

Krajczynski was charged with cruelty to or neglect of a child and was released. He is due back in court on Aug. 30.

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