4 Pass Out From Overdoses In Palos Hills; 1 Dies

2 Kids Also Found In Apartment, 2 Adults Arrested For Child Endangerment

Updated 03/29/11 – 3:04 p.m.

PALOS HILLS, Ill. (CBS) — Two people have been charged with child endangerment, after police found two small children in a Palos Hills apartment where four people had passed out, apparently from drug overdoses.

One of the adults was later pronounced dead.

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Palos Hills Deputy police Chief James Boie says officers came to the apartment in the 11100 block of Roberts Road in Palos Hills, after a woman called 911. The woman had received a call from a 6-year-old child at the apartment, who had talked about being hungry and not having eaten dinner, Boie said.

The woman had come to the apartment and found the 6-year-old and a 5-year-old child, and three men and a woman who were all unconscious.

The Palos Hills Fire Department arrived at 10:43 p.m. Monday, after the report of possible heroin overdoses. The adults were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights.

One of the adults, Jean Stoffey, 34, was pronounced dead at Palos Community Hospital. Another, Jacqueline Stoffey, 25, was placed in the intensive care unit at Advocate Christ.

The other two adults, a 29-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman, later regained consciousness and were arrested, Boie said.

Justin Benoit, 29, and Deborah Pietrzyk, 52, were charged with endangering the life of a child, Boie said.

Everyone found in the apartment is related, Boie said.

The children were taken to the Palos Hills police station, where they were awaiting staff from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Boie said.

It’s unclear how Stoffey died or why all the adults were passed out, Boie said. An autopsy Tuesday for Stoffey was inconclusive, pending the results of toxicology tests, according to the medical examiner’s office. Boie would not speculate as to the cause of death.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is also investigating.

  • Gail

    Really nice family.


      U have no idea about the family. I hope u sleep good tonight knowing you made someone cry who lost their loved one. People like you who comment on things you know nothing about are pathedic. Jean Stoffey the one who passed away was a amazing person and is missed dearly.

  • Mc lovin

    why did they help the adults, they have destroyed 2 kids 4 adults are not worth 2 children

  • LaRoosh

    As usual, heroin is bad. Really, really bad.

    • Billy

      They should have used their heroin in moderation.

  • jo

    wow.. responsible adults..

  • Priscilla Otrembiak Wallenburg

    to have a child on drugs is BAD enough… but to do it with them & in front of your grandkids, UNFORGIVABLE

  • jane

    the woman whose in intensive care is pregnant to.. smart lady ay?

  • Cari Cox

    You know u people got some nerve. Every family has there own problems either they don’t take of their kids.. Beat there kids.. Argue in front of there kids. Whatever a family’s problems are every family got them. In this case this is my family. Yea they made wrong choices in life and for their kids but don’t judge anybody unless you want to be judged. I love my family very
    much and now I have to live everyday without my cousin Jeannie. She has 2 sisters and none of you know what they are going through to lose a sister. So you can make your comments but understand our family has lost someone very special to us that we can never see again. Regardless of the choices they have made they have to live with it and the children have to live without their aunt and they don’t need your ignorant comments on top of it.

    • Scott Brady

      I’m sorry for your loss. I pray for the others


      Thank you. All of u are heartless people. I grew up with Jeannie and am very close to her family. She was amazing and a good person. I hope all of u do not have to go through something like this and watch ignorant people who know nothing about it talk trash.

  • Jk

    Your family is drug abusing trash. 7 months pregnant and doing heroin? The sister deserves to die too. TRASH.

    • Cherie Seger Bruce

      JK you need help! Are you familar with addictions? Yes they made bad choices but you have to remember there are innocent people that lost someone they love, someone who didn’t have the will power to say no! Maybe istead of insulting the dead and the innocent way don’t you pray for the family! And while you are at it way don’t you pray for understanding for yourself! Obviously the innocent family are the only ones that can read this, so have some respect!!!!!!

    • KRISTINE u want my number

      Really. Wait to see if I find out who u r. Saying Jeannie deserved to die. I hope u lose someone close to u so I can come on here and post some nasty heartless stuff about them. I would watch out for what u say. Did u ever vconsider her family u piece of trash

      • judy

        Good for you! Majority of these people have nothing better to do than post insensitive, ignorant comments. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Scott Brady

    Honestly, Now is not the time for all the smart ass comments. I don’t know this family but i live in a nearby town. People often suffer from addiction, regardless of what its from. Alcohol, cocaine, heroin. not one is better than the other. Lets just be glad the children are safe and lets pray for the ones that are in the hospital. Hopefully the adults will learn something from this and try to live a more respectable lifestyle in the future. Pray for the family and friends and children around these unfortunate people for crying out loud. God Bless

  • Cherie

    There are innocent family members and friends that don’t deserve you guys disrepecting them! This is just proof of how drugs mess up your life! No mother in there right mind would want to do drugs with there children and in front of there grandchilren! Maybe instead of making ignorent comment pray, pray for the family to get help, pray the unborn child finds his place in heaven really soon and pray the children are well taken care of and pray for the innocent people involved who will never get to see their sister aunt or friend again! REST IN PEACE Jeannie

    • Elizabeth Kruger

      These are not bad people, they made bad choices. I knew all of them personaly, some better than others. I know Deb loved her daughters very much and Jackie her sons. No one wants to live a life like this, no one plans on it or for it. They get sucked in, and before they know what hit them its to late. Think what you want, it’s hard not to think badly of people in this situation. But keep your nasty comments to yourselves please.

      • EK

        Rest in peace Jeanie.

      • EK

        Rest in peace Jeannie

  • Debra

    This is ADDICTION: I loved my niece,, I mourn her death. I have a heavy heart for my family who is left with FOND memories of our wayward one. Take Me In Your Arms

    Miss Heroin

    So now, little woman, you’ve grown tired of grass

    LSD, goofballs, cocaine and hash,

    and someone, pretending to be a true friend,

    said, “I’ll introduce you to Miss Heroin.”

    Well honey, before you start fooling with me,

    just let me inform you of how it will be.

    For I will seduce you and make you my slave,

    I’ve sent men much stronger than you to their graves.

    You think you could never become a disgrace,

    and end up addicted to Poppy seed waste.

    So you’ll start inhaling me one afternoon,

    you’ll take me into your arms very soon.

    And once I’ve entered deep down in your veins,

    The craving will nearly drive you insane.

    You’ll swindle your mother and just for a buck.

    You’ll turn into something vile and corrupt.

    You’ll mug and you’ll steal for my narcotic charm,

    and feel contentment when I’m in your arms.

    The day, when you realize the monster you’ve grown,

    you’ll solemnly swear to leave me alone.

    If you think you’ve got that mystical knack,

    then sweetie, just try getting me off your back.

    The vomit, the cramps, your gut tied in knots.

    The jangling nerves screaming for one more shot.

    The hot chills and cold sweats, withdrawal pains,

    can only be saved by my little white grains.

    There’s no other way, and there’s no need to look,

    for deep down inside you know you are hooked.

    You’ll desperately run to the pushers and then,

    you’ll welcome me back to your arms once again.

    And you will return just as I foretold!

    I know that you’ll give me your body and soul.

    You’ll give up your morals, your conscience, your heart.

    And you will be mine until, “Death Do Us Part”

    Author Anonymous

  • kelly

    Jean is an amazing person , with a great heart . I will never forget her.addiction is a disease that no one has the right to judge ever most of you should be ashamed for being so cruel.

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  • J.R.

    If you even loved this family member of yours you would have went out of your way to inform them the harmful causes of prolonged drug use, not to mention do what it takes to get them the necessary help they deserved. Everyone is right to slander your family, look at the activities they indulged in, grade A citizens, none of your cousins or whoever should have even had children, please inform these now damaged children about drugs and drug use so they don’t follow in their footsteps, and everyone is talking about addiction on here, you have to use to get addicted right? There is a huge problem with your familys moral compass is get involved in doing this. Feel extremely bad for the children, they deserve better.


      I tried to leave you my number so you could be a man or women and call me so I can talk to the piece of trash that is making this family cry a little harder tonight but it wouldn’t let me. I hope the worst on you for making my loved ones cry even harder after reading your trash. Who r u to say anything. I hope Jeannie haunts you.

    • judy

      Not sure why you feel that everyone is allowed to slander this family. You are an insenstive arrogant jerk, remember buddy, what goes around comes around. You may find one day, a story about you, and I hope they rip you to shreds. JERK!

  • lb

    Most of you obviously have nothing better to do than to write ignorant, unnecessary comments. I guess for those of you writing these comments you’ve never done anything wrong, right? Whether it was drugs or something else does give any of you the right for such unsensitive comments. Remember, someday you could have something similiar happen to you or a family member or friend. Insofar as addiction, sometimes we make a wrong decision in life, it happens all of the time. I’m not condoing it, however, things happen. Let the poor woman rest in peace for cryin out loud.


    Just so all of you ignorant heartless people know. Jean Stoffey was one of the best girls I have ever known. All she ever wanted was to start a family and she would of been an excellent mother. She was always a faithful friend to me and a wonderful sister to her sisters.She has MANY people who are crying everyday over her death. Only the ones who knew her say good things the rest of you that have no business especially that JK , I hope I do not find out who u r, have no right to make any comments. She has family and friends that are grieving her death and you have the nerve to talk trash. Shame on you. I hope she haunts all your ignorant people.

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