2 Facing Charges in 2012 Overdose

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Criminal charges have now been filed against two people following a morphine overdose in May 2012.

Tonya Pingel, 28, appeared in Portage County Cicuit Court this week after investigators say she gave and sold morphine to her then 22-year-old brother resulting in an overdose that doctors believed would be fatal.

Pingel is charged with 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety and delivery of a narcotic. During the her court appearance the state argued for a $50,000 signature bond. A judge set bond at $10,000 signature bond.

According to court documents, while cleaning out her deceased father's home, she found a box of pills, which she keep and sold to her brother, Joshua Losinski.

According to the criminal complaint on May 5, 2012, dispatch received a call reporting a 22-year-old man was unresponsive. Doctors believed he had a two percent chance of coming out of a coma and was being kept alive by a ventilator.

Pingel said she gave the pills to her brother as he had injuries from a car accident and could not afford medication.

Losinski's condition did improve and by the end of May 2012 he was taken of the ventilator.

Losinski is also expected to be charged in the crime during a court appearance on Feb. 3

Portage County Assistant District Attorney David Knaapen tells NewsChannel 7 the delay in charges was due to Lonsinski's medical state.

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