CINCINNATI — Wesley Landers' stance and posture were unchanged for most of his Friday arraignment until his wife was mentioned.
At that moment, Landers dropped his head, closed his eyes and leaned against the lectern in front of him.
His wife - Mary Landers, 31, of Trinity, Alabama, was found dead from an apparent overdose in her 7-month-old child's hospital bathroom at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, police said.
Wesley Landers, of Trinity, Alabama, was found unresponsive with a heroin syringe in his arm, needles strewn on the bathroom sink, and a loaded and chambered handgun in his pants pocket, according to court documents.
Police were called to the hospital around 11:30 a.m., according to the Cincinnati Police Department.
Wesley Landers was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment and was arrested on charges of possession of drugs, carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons while under disability and possessing drug abuse instruments.
As he was arraigned on the charges in Hamilton County court Friday, Judge Curt Kissinger said, "If the heroin epidemic has exhibited itself in a more tragic form, I haven't seen it."
Newtown Police Chief Thomas Synan Jr., who works with the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition and Taskforce, said that local law enforcement deals with cases like this every single day.
"It's not necessarily shocking, but more heartbreaking and frustrating," Synan said explaining this particular case is high profile due to the location and the circumstance. "We're definitely not numb. Every law enforcement officer is so passionate about ending the stranglehold that heroin has on the region."
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