Pregnant Mom Charged After Palos Hills Overdose Incident

PALOS HILLS (CBS) — A pregnant mother has been charged with child endangerment, after she and three others passed out from overdoses in Palos Hills earlier this week. One of those people later died.

Jacqueline Stoffey, 25, of 11195 Roberts Road, the pregnant mother of two boys found in the apartment, was charged Thursday with three counts of child endangerment, Deputy Police Chief James Boie said.

Stoffey remained hospitalized Thursday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, he said.

Child-endangerment charges were filed earlier this week against Jacqueline Stoffey’s boyfriend, Justin Benoit, 29, and her mother, Debra Peitryzk, 52. The adults shared the Roberts Road apartment, police said.

Police officers came to the apartment in Palos Hills on Monday, 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.

Jacqueline Stoffey’s older sister Jean Stoffey, 34, was pronounced dead at Palos Community Hospital at 11:24 p.m. March 28. The cause of death is pending toxicology reports, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Boie said officers found syringes during a search of the apartment, but would not say what else was found.

All four adults have criminal records with charges including drug possession, retail theft, domestic battery and credit card fraud.

Boie said more charges may be filed.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • buzz

    The nuts sure don’t fall far from the tree-what a family of losers-white (i assume) trash for sure.

    • All Colors

      …and YOUR trash talk is pitiful and ignorant.

      Any death or child endangerment is a tragedy. Race is unimportant.

    • inyourface

      how do you know they are white? maybe they are ghetto black trash, so quick to refer to race huh, that make u a piece of trash

    • fitz

      This behavior is a classic example of the necessity to break free of family addiction. All too common.
      Addiction is blind to race, sex, income and love.

  • nortsider

    lets hear it for the south side !

  • Timothy McGrath

    just WONDEFULL. More outstanding model citizens

  • Tanya Livingston

    DCFS had prior contact with this family. Why wasn’t the case screened into court and the children removed? I guess DCFS didn’t learn from its Joey Wallace and Amand Wallace debacle.

  • Kathleen

    I don’t care what color they are…There’s children involved! Children should always come first! Once you have a child…your life should center around the child you gave birth to. THAT IS WHAT A REAL PARENT DOES!
    Obviously, These fools have No business having children, because they aren’t through playing their games. They’re not taking responsibility for the children as they’re suppose to, & the children should Not be subjected to their low class lifestyle! I hope these children are placed with more suitable family members or another family who will TRULY Love Them!

  • sandyC

    These types of crimes should be punishable by having your uterus taken away as it is clearly not a right to have kids but a privilage.

    • judy

      your a complete jerk, I take it your ex boyfriend tony dicarlo, very nice, you are a jerk

  • a old friend

    I from personal experience w the father of these poor children can say they are WHITE TRASH.. he beats women, sells drugs, and steals all while making more children! Its sick and sad and nobody like that deserves children

  • Kristine

    To all yu guys who know nothing about the situation and have nothing better to do then talk trash. I grew up with Jeanie and she was an amazing person. Ya the kids should of never been envolved and Jackie and Justin will pay. I want everyone to know that Jeanie Stoffey was a loved generous person who only wanted to start a family. She was gonna have that chance and it was taken from her. She was loved by all and was a loved sister, daughter, wife, and friend. She in any means was never trash and never will be. So do not associate her with any of this.

    • jb

      These people have nothing better to do than talk trash. I’m very sorry for your loss. It is very unfortunate for all, but these idiot comments are just very uncalled for.

      I wish you and your family and friends the best.

      This lady reminds me very much of my self growing up. While I’m several years younger than her Mom, I see a lot of me in her. She was a free spirit with her own mind, which is a good thing. These things in life happen, and I think very unfortunate at times. She truly sounds like she was a great person who had her life cut short. Again, sorry…….

  • Jeff

    For anyone who was concerned about the 2 kids involved, I am their uncle and they are in a much much better situation now, sheltered, fed, and happy.

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