Police: Man Bought Son Heroin, Let Him Die of Overdose

Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (KMOX) – A Bonne Terre man is accused of providing his son with a deadly dose of heroin, and then preventing anyone from calling for help while he was dying.

Others in the home say that while 19-year-old James Koberman Jr. showed obvious signs of an overdose, James Koberman Sr. refused to let them call for help because he was afraid of the police.

St. Francois County investigators say the 41-year-old father had bought the heroin, and shared it with his son in a home near Bonne Terre the night of July 1. It wasn’t until he went to work the next day that others in the home called 911. By that time James Jr. was not breathing.

James Koberman Sr. is charged with second degree murder and distributing a controlled substance.

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