Coroner: Pennsylvania mom dies while trying to clean up after son’s overdose

November 16th, 2017 11:49 am

JOHNSTOWN (AP) — Officials say a Pennsylvania woman died earlier this month, possibly after coming into contact with drugs while trying to clean up from her son’s suspected overdose.

Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees tells WJAC-TV that Theresa Plummer, 69, likely absorbed the drugs through her skin or had a reaction that led to shortness of breath.

Plummer died at a local hospital Nov. 6.

Her son, 45, was hospitalized the previous day after she found him unresponsive in their home near Johnstown. Ronald Plummer was pronounced dead Nov. 7.

The coroner says he is awaiting toxicology reports for cause of death.

Lees says families in similar situations should call authorities to remove any substances left behind.