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Hatboro Woman Charged with Homicide in Heroin Death

Carly Stevenson, 27, faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted in the death of her boyfriend.

Carly Stevenson of Hatboro has been charged with homicide and drug charges related to her boyfriend's heroin-induced death. Photo courtesy Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.
Carly Stevenson of Hatboro has been charged with homicide and drug charges related to her boyfriend's heroin-induced death. Photo courtesy Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.
A 27-year-old Hatboro woman faces 40 years behind bars if convicted in the heroin-induced death of her boyfriend, authorities said. 

Carly Stevenson was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony charges of drug delivery resulting in death and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture, as well as misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and unsworn falsification to authorities, according to court documents. 

The charges stem from the Sept. 29 death of 19-year-old Brandon Cron, who authorities said was Stevenson's boyfriend. Hatboro Police responded to an apartment in the 100 block of North York Road in the early afternoon hours of Sept. 29 for reports of an unresponsive person. 

Stevenson made the call, according to authorities and said her boyfriend was "blue in the lips, cold to touch and not breathing," according to information released by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. Police and EMS found Cron dead upon their arrival, according to the release. 

Authorities allege Stevenson "supplied" heroin to Cron on the day before his death. After Cron died from using the substance, according to authorities, who said Stevenson "tried to dispose of evidence before the police arrived at the scene."

Police found syringes and blue wax paper bags stamped with "I'ma Boss" and "Primetime" outside the apartment in a trash can, authorities said. 

An autopsy was conducted and toxicology tests were conducted of Cron's blood, authorities said. The forensic pathologist determined he died as a result of an adverse reaction to heroin, according to the DA's office. 

"We are facing a growing problem of epidemic proportions with the scourge of heroin in our community," District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. "The legislature has provided us with a powerful tool to deal with drug suppliers, who provide illegal substances, that after use, cause death."

Ferman said that if convicted of the Drug Delivery Resulting in Death statute, Stevenson faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. 

Stevenson was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Paul Leo and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. Her preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. before Judge Leo. 

just plain mary December 11, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Any death is sad but these drug deaths are avoidable. Is this couple from Hatboro? What's her life worth at this point? Society will take care of her & how will she take care of herself at release age of 67? I feel sorry for him, her, their parents (I hope no children) & the taxpayers who have to pay for her support. There are no winners with drugs.
Jonathan Kratz December 12, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Agreed. Sad commentary also that "Breaking Bad" is considered great entertainment despite that the main character profits from the manufacture and sale of a drug. Hey: drug pushers are people, too! But this is the real face of those caught up in the stuff.
James Kephart Jr. December 13, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Really nice. I guess law enforcement does not want people to call for help in such circumstances. By calling for help immediately, there is a chance a life could be saved. By suggesting that those who make the call should charged with any crime, much less homicide, law enforcement is directing people in such circumstances into not making the immediate call for help. Other states are addressing this stupidity!
Leigh December 13, 2013 at 02:13 PM
James - she is the one who murdered him. She supplied the drugs. And if you think these drug users are reading the news and thinking "I'm not going to call" think again. Most don't anyway. This woman was going to jail regardless and this young man was dead regardless. What is your suggestion? You make the call and you don't have to face the consequences of your crimes?
James Kephart Jr. December 13, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Yep! But I am smart and care about saving lives. Not prosecuting and jailing drug addicts. Fact - if you are going to prosecute addicts for calling for help, more addicts are going to die - needlessly and many times, under circumstances where a 911 call could have easily saved a life. Do you also support jailing the addicts if they did not die? Because under the law and from what you appear to suggest, if they young man survived, he should have been charged with drug violations.
James Kephart Jr. December 13, 2013 at 02:55 PM
And pill pushing doctors, in my opinion, is the biggest problem in the suburbs and leading contributor to the heroin problem.
Rezzy Dent December 14, 2013 at 07:42 AM
So the guy that took the drug and died isn't responsible for his own death? The new trend pass the blame. I get it, she bought the drugs which I'm sure he also wanted, but after that it was all him.
margestorey1946 December 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM
She did nit kill him! He did it himself!
HarleyGirl04 December 15, 2013 at 02:35 PM
I'm the mother of a recovering heroin addict and I can't say that I agree she KILLED him....This is a VERY SAD self inflicted death, he was not a minor and he knew the consequences before he ever did drugs the first time but still did them. It's one of the most heart breaking things a parent can go through other then burying your child and now because of his own doing his parents are going to have to bury him. This girl is also a drug addict and needs help but a murderer ? I'm not so sure about that, is she the dealer ? or just another Hatboro Junkie....If she should be charged with his murder then let's also charge his parents for not putting him into rehab...Now that sounds absurd right ? Well it's truly no different then what they're doing to her....Or could this just be a shake down to get to the main dealer ? We as a community need to help these young people get clean and stay clean...and let me just shed a little light here...Don't think for one second this couldn't be your child because my son was raised in a very stable clean loving home with two very hard working parent who did beautiful family vacation and had wonderful holidays together and told them they could talk to us and tell us anything and we would never judge them but one out of the four decided that what others were doing looked better and so the nightmare began. I can tell you WATCH for the signs and NEVER SAY NEVER...NOT my Child !!!!
nurse1 December 20, 2013 at 08:28 PM
HarleyGirl04 I agree. The young man new the consequences, and still chose to abuse the drug. She did not put a gun to his head, and make him take drugs. We are dealing with my son who was recently caught abusing heroin, and it is so heart breaking to the family to see a love one change in front of our eyes. The signs are so obvious, and they will lie and deceit everyone just to get high. I was told many years ago to never say never, because things change daily in each of our lives.

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