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Report: Man overdosed on Fentanyl with 3-year-old child in the car


Murrells Inlet, S.C. (WPDE) — A Murrells Inlet man is charged with unlawful neglect of a child after he reportedly overdosed in a car with a 3-year-old child, according to a police report.

George Fredrick McClain, 31, of Murrells Inlet, was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Sunday evening, according to online booking records.

According to a police report, his arrest comes after he got into an argument with a family member and left with a 3-year-old girl in his car.

Later, McClain reportedly called his wife and she said he "didn't sound like himself over the phone," according to the police report.

She told officers that she met him near the T.G.I. Friday's off of Inlet Square Drive and "when she got into the car with him, she could tell that something was wrong with him," and had him pull into a parking lot and stop the car, the police report stated.

He then "became unresponsive and began turning a grey color," she told police.

Medics arrived and gave McClain two doses of Narcan and he started showing improvement, according to the report.

"While being worked on by the medics, the Arrestee made the spontaneous utterance that he had snorted Fentanyl," the report stated.

According to the report, he was taken to South Strand Medical Center and "after determining the Arrestee had ingested the narcotic and began suffering from the overdose while driving the vehicle with [the] child in it," an officer took him into custody.

He reportedly tried to get medical staff to do a blood test to verify narcotics were in his system, but was told that Fentanyl does not show up on blood tests. Staff also explained that Narcan would not have had a positive effect on him "had he not ingested a narcotic such as Fentanyl," the report stated.

McClain is still at the detention center awaiting a bond hearing as of around 3 p.m. on Monday, March 26.

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