WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 22 year-old man is being charged with heroin possession and distribution, after prosecutors say he possibly provided the drug to a 16 year-old Westfield High School student who died over the weekend. According to Jim Leydon of the Hampden County District Attorney’s office, the investigation into the death of Lillian Anderson led them to Seth Lombard-Hawthorne of Westfield.
Lombard-Hawthorne pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday in Westfield District Court, and was ordered held on $5,000 bail. District Court Chief Ed Kivari said that the prosecution is still looking into whether to file an additional manslaughter charge against Lombard-Hawthorne.
According to Kivari, Anderson’s mother found her daughter unresponsive inside her bed Saturday morning, with heroin stamped “American Gangster” and “Gucci” nearby. Anderson’s mother provided the teen’s cell phone to police, and their checking of text messages led them to Lombard-Hawthorne, who worked with Anderson at the McDonald’s on Elm Street in Westfield.
The prosecutor said that Lombard-Hawthorne voluntarily went to the police station, where he admitted to giving Anderson roughly 10 bags of “American Gangster”-stamped heroin. He also allowed police to search his car, where they allegedly found more heroin.
Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said that he is proud law enforcement was able to make an arrest so quickly following Anderson’s death.
“With this tragic loss of life, I would like to highlight the ‘Good Samaritan Law,’ which ensures that those who call 911 to report an overdose for themselves or others will not be charged with the possession or use of opiates. In addition, Naloxone or “Narcan,” the drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is available over-the-counter in most pharmacies,” Gulluni said in a statement sent to 22News.
As conditions of his bail, Lombard-Hawthorne has been ordered to stay drug and alcohol free and submit to random testing. He also must report to probation each week.
He is next due in court on March 8.