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Redmond man used heroin to try to kill 4-year-old son, police say

A man accused of trying to kill himself and his 4-year-old son with heroin was depressed, had a history of drug dealing and use and was going through a divorce, according to court documents.

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REDMOND — A Redmond man tried to kill his 4-year-old son with heroin on the day his divorce was supposed to be finalized, court documents say.

The man’s soon-to-be-ex-wife discovered him and the boy unconscious at their home on Tuesday, and father and son spent several days sedated at a hospital. Police said it appeared the 37-year-old had injected the boy and himself with heroin.

Redmond police said Friday night that the man, Eric Emil Lehtinen, had been booked into the King County Jail.

He was being held on $3 million bail and has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. It was not immediately clear if he had obtained a lawyer.

Court documents describe Lehtinen as a drug dealer and addict, according to His wife arrived at the locked home and when she removed a blanket from the boy found a syringe on his chest.

The boy was taken to Seattle Children’s, and his father to another hospital.

It’s unknown whether the boy will suffer long-term effects from the overdose. Medical staff at the hospital found puncture wounds on his neck and buttocks, indicating needle sticks, according to the court documents.

The hospital found evidence not only of heroin in his blood but also ketamine, morphine, codeine and other drugs.

Charging papers say the mother had been living with the boy in San Francisco but had returned to Seattle for a job interview and let her son stay with his father.

Lehtinen told her that he had quit using drugs, the documents said. She found him depressed, she told police, but didn’t see any reason the boy couldn’t stay with him.

Police say Lehtinen had a history of drug use and overdoses. In 2005, police had him involuntarily committed to a hospital after he cut himself with scissors and threatened to kill himself while withdrawing from heroin.

A search of his home turned up syringes and $12,620 in cash. If convicted, he could be sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.

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