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GUILTY OR - Ashley Long, 14, dies inhaling helium at Medford party, 18 Feb 2012

Discussion in 'Recently Sentenced and Beyond' started by Missizzy, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    So tragic. So unnecessary.


    http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120220/NEWS/202200317

    Medford [OR] teen dies after hits of helium gas
    February 20, 2012


    "A Medford [OR] teenager died Saturday night after drinking and inhaling large amounts of helium, authorities said. Ashley Long, 14, of Eagle Point, was drinking alcohol at an apartment in the 3100 block of Alameda Street in Medford when she inhaled helium from a compressed canister and collapsed, police said." Medford police responded to the 9-1-1 call around 11 p.m., where medical personnel treated Long and transported her to the hospital. Shortly after arrival, however, she was pronounced dead...."

    and

    "....Investigators learned that the individuals had been smoking marijuana and drinking, and inhaling helium gas from a tank. Police believe Long collapsed seconds after inhaling helium from the canister...."

    and

    "...[Katherine] McAloon [27] was arrested on seven counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor and two counts of delivering marijuana to a minor. She was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $38,000 bail....

    More at link
     
  2. Quiche

    Quiche New Member

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    Sad.

    Did the adult actually furnish the drugs and alcohol, or were the kids sneaking it at her home? As far as I know, it doesn't make much difference in the eyes of the law, but it may explain why there's no manslaughter charge.

    I didn't know that about helium-- I've never had more than a few balloons full around at any given time, but good to know that those tanks need to be supervised.
     
  3. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    It sounds to me as if the adult furnished the alcohol and pot and thus, that's why she was arrested. However, the helium overdose was thought to be "just for fun" and not specifically to get high. A horrible accident.
     
  4. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Grieving family speaks out. They want McAloon held responsible for their daughter's death. McAloon is the SIL of one of Ashley's friends. She picked the girls up for the slumber party which was just two blocks away from Ashley's house. They were to watch movies and eat popcorn.


    http://www.kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/14-year-old-s-family-speaks-out.html


    Talk about your absolute worse ever nightmare. Prayers for this family. I can't even begin to fathom that pain.
     
  5. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    From March 2013:

    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/...in-helium-death-of-Ashley-Long-195560491.html

     

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