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Dad whose overdose forced 8-year-old to call 911 gets 1 year in prison

Posted at 7:39 AM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 07:39:01-05

WAUKESHA, WI (WISN/CNN) – A Wisconsin father who overdosed in a vehicle with his three children inside will serve one year in jail and two years of probation.

Police say Christopher Koeberl, 34, had picked up his children from school, bought heroin and overdosed in January 2017.

Koeberl’s 8-year-old son called 911 to get help, an act that is credited with saving the father’s life.

"My dad's dead. He's not waking up for anything," said the boy during the call.

Thursday, Koeberl pleaded guilty to two charges: operating a vehicle while intoxicated and neglecting a child, according to WITI.

He was sentenced to one year in prison and two years of probation.

As part of his probation, Koeberl has to listen to the 911 call his young son made every week.

"My son saved my life – nobody else, my son. And now, I get to finally show him I'm a good father and get back on track. It scared me. I don't ever want to personally get any kind of drugs anymore,” said Koeberl during his trial.

The father was also ordered to write a letter of apology to all three of his children, WITI reports.

After the overdose, the children were turned over to the care of their mother.

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