22-Year-Old Man Arrested on Heroin Charges Following Westfield, Massachusetts Girl’s Death

February 8, 2016 Updated: February 8, 2016

A 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with a 16-year-old girl’s death, officials say.

Seth Lombard-Hawthorne of Westfield, Massachusetts, was arrested by Westfield Police and state troopers on charges of possessing and distributing heroin, Western Mass News reported.

Police detectives on Saturday were investigating the death of 16-year-old Lillian Anderson, who is a Westfield High School student.

They found that Lombard-Hawthorne may have allegedly given heroin to Anderson. Several bags of heroin were found in his vehicle when he was arrested.

According to WWLP-TV, Lombard-Hawthorne is suspected of being a heroin dealer.

District Court Chief Ed Kivari said prosecutors are looking into a manslaughter charge against him.

Anderson’s mother found her daughter unresponsive in her bed on Saturday, with heroin that had “American Gangster” and “Gucci” on it. Anderson gave her daughters’ phone to officials, who found that she had texted Lombard-Hawthorne. Later, Lombard-Hawthorn admitted to police that he gave 10 bags of “American Gangster” heroin to Anderson.

Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni issued a statement, saying that “With this tragic loss of life, I would like to highlight the ‘Good Samaritan Law’, which ensures that those who call 911 to report an overdose for themselves or others will not be charged with the possession or use of opiates. In addition, Naloxone or ‘Narcan’, the drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is available over the counter in most pharmacies.”