September 17, 2014

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Police: Couple leaves six children in car to shoot heroin in restaurant bathroom

Melissa Mitchell

Melissa Mitchell

David Conley

David Conley

ELYRIA — A sunny day at the beach ended in felony charges Sunday when police said a married couple left six children in their parked car while on their way home and shot up heroin in a Burger King bathroom, according to police.

Melissa Mitchell, 34, and David Conley, 31, were each charged with six counts of child endangerment and possession of drug abuse instruments about 7 p.m. at Burger King, 616 Broad St. Mitchell also was charged with possession of heroin, while Conley was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

After receiving a tip that Mitchell and Conley had locked themselves inside a bathroom at Burger King, police went to the restaurant to investigate, according to police.

Outside the restaurant they found six children ranging from 7 to 11 years old inside a white pickup.

At the bathroom door, officers identified themselves and heard Conley say that he was “using the bathroom” followed by a “commotion” inside the stall, according to the police report. Police opened the door and found Mitchell and Conley, who had a needle in his pocket and a belt in his hand.

Officers searched Conley and Mitchell separately and found 0.8 gram of heroin inside her purse and a bag of marijuana in Conley’s front pocket.

Mitchell told police that two of the children were hers, two were related to her and two were neighbors. She told officers that she and her husband were driving the children back to Wellington after going to the beach when they decided to stop at Burger King.

Officers asked if the couple were on drugs that day to which Mitchell just “shrugged,” according to the police report.

Despite Conley’s claims that his wife was “sick” and that he doesn’t do drugs, both Conley and Mitchell were taken to Lorain County Jail where they were being held Monday.

Conley was being held on a $7,500 bond and is scheduled to appear 9 a.m. Monday in Elyria Municipal Court. Michell was being held on a $11,000 bond and is scheduled to appear 1 p.m. Monday in Elyria Municipal Court.

The children were given to Conley’s mother.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • Starryeyes63

    Talk about white trash, NOT very bright, Isn’t that the BK across from the Police station??

    • Nick Noneya

      What used to be the police station. It’s now down West Ave about a block.

  • luvmytoaster

    WOW, those poor children…some hers, some related and some were the neighbors kids? Are you kidding me? What white trash losers…..

  • oldruss

    Past time for termination of parental rights. And what about that neighbor, who let their kids be in the care of these two. The neighbor needs to take a good hard look at his or her parenting skills too.

  • golfingirl

    Six kids and two adults in a pickup truck being driven by someone who just loaded up on heroin?

    That was a tragedy waiting to happen. Thank God they were caught before they got back behind the wheel.

    “….. his wife was “sick” and that he doesn’t do drugs…”

    Looks like he threw her “under the bus” as well. Sounds like a great marriage!

    Oh well, stop for a Whopper, end up in the “Hopper.” Should have stopped at McDonalds.

  • golfingirl

    Sort of a neck tattoo. Not sure if it goes far enough North to qualify.

    • SpaceTech

      Close enough!

  • Sis Delish

    “Life’s a Beach!”

  • tomfeher

    “Have it your way” but I hope you pay the maximum price for this one

  • John Davidson

    How the heck do 8 people fit in a pick up truck.

    • Sarah Phillips

      I was wondering the same thing!

      • HankKwah

        If it’s an extended cab, you can do it (only with kids), room-wise. Seat belts for everyone? Can’t do it.

  • fun man

    They once got busy in a Burger King bathroom the humpty dance…

  • John Demirjian

    Just an observation, Jose, if you read the news. Doesn’t make me dumb, only informed.

  • Jose Martinez

    No it makes you sound ignorant.

  • Tpeel

    RACIST!!!

  • John Demirjian

    Well, it is still my opinion drawn from the news I read in the Chronicle. Last home robbery was the young black kid. Now you’ve got the white folks doing drugs at the cost to their kids. Not ignorant, Jose. Not racist, tpee. Just looking at the facts as I read them.

  • Peter Fumich

    I agree it’s sick to involve the children. I’ve been in a relationship in the past with an alcoholic. I’ve always been told, don’t ever expect to be in the front seat if you’re with an alcoholic because the alcohol will always come first. I watched that alcoholic go from drunkenness to sobriety, I watched that part of the journey and it is a hard one for the person walking the 12 step path in AA.We have the right to smoke and they talk about all the second hand smoke that can harm our children, yet we fight for our right to smoke rather than to protect our loved ones. People still smoke around their children, and don’t give any thought to their tiny lungs that have to breathe in that second hand smoke. How much of a good parent are those people? Some of them may be commenting today, or maybe just readers. It’s that addiction that puts people around you in the backseat. it’s easy to comment and hard to put yourself in that place, but most already are. they say that smoking is harder to quit than heroin, and the kids are always around it, surrounded by the smoke, knowingly slowly poisoned, and because we have the right to smoke, its ok by society if they are consumed by it. it was sick what these parents did at Burger King, and so it is sick what parents do with a simple cigarette.

  • jz

    My mom smoked when I was growing up, I do not, and my lungs are fine. The smoking thing is blown way out of proportion. Even though I like not having to smell it in a bar, eating establishment or ballgame. I get your point but, these idiots could not even wait to drop off the kids and do their heroin until they got home? They are that sick and desperate? As bad as heroin is and I know this sounds bad also, but, the kids would be better off if their parents could get their fix in a regulated medical setting without the children present. It’s not a perfect world, but, I think the harm done would be lessened compared to our war on drugs paradigm.

  • golfingirl

    Not sure how second hand smoke has anything to do with shooting heroin in a Burger King restroom, then driving with six kids in the vehicle.

  • Starryeyes63

    The biggest difference is that cigarettes are still legal.

  • tickmeoff

    I have been around second hand smoke my entire life. My Dad, my Mom, brother, sisters, and two wive’s. Think for yourself, don’t believe everything you hear. The second hand smoking argument is a very weak argument. The people who complain the most are the ex-smokers. They are truly a pain in the rear! I never took it up myself due to my father hacking and spitting into a pan every morning, I never told on the kids at the bus stop. Never took it up

    and been around it all my life. I am just not buying it. You have people who get off on their power trips telling other people what to do. They are the lowest of the low, but then that’s part of life, putting up with idiots. People are so willing to take away other peoples freedom, as long as it doesn’t affect theirs.