The toddler is living safely with relatives after his parents were found dead outside their home in Ohio this week.
The bodies of Amber Barry, 35, and her partner Eddie Pertemer, 55, were found Tuesday afternoon on the porch of their Mecca Township home, CBS affiliate WKBN said at the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office. reported by citing
Barry’s sister went to check on the couple after they couldn’t be contacted and found them “collapsed” and “unresponsive” on the porch, according to part of the 911 call published by the outlet.
“I’m sure they’re dead,” the caller also said.
Major Tony Villanueva of the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office said, “Evidence from the residence at this point leads us to believe this was a possible overdose.
The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Authorities believe the couple’s 3-year-old son may have been alone for 48 hours, according to NBC affiliate WFMJ.
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Villanueva told the outlet that Barry’s sister rescued the boy after he entered the house through a window.
The WFMJ reported that the boy was then handed over to relatives.
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On Facebook, a friend of the couple said the boy was “checked out” and that “it will be fine.”
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“Gone but never forgotten,” the friend wrote in the post, which featured a photo of the couple playfully sticking out their tongues with their child.
According to Villanueva, Barry’s sister likely prevented another death by going to check on her family after she lost contact with them.
“Because of that instinct, she was able to save the boy’s life,” he said, according to WKBN.