Drug charge dropped against Bon Jovi's daughter
This Jan 30, 2010 file photo shows Stephanie Rose Bongiovi, daughter of rocker Jon Bon Jovi, at the annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala presented by The Recording Academy and Clive Davis in Beverly, Hills, Calif. Authorities say Jon Bon Jovi's 19-year-old daughter is hospitalized after overdosing on heroin in a dorm at her upstate New York college. Town of Kirkland police say an ambulance was sent to Hamilton College early Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, after a report that a female had apparently overdosed on heroin. Police say Bongiovi and 21-year-old Ian Grant, also of Red Bank, were charged with drug possession. Both were issued tickets and ordered to appear in court at a later date. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)
Published Thursday, November 15, 2012 9:46PM EST
CLINTON, N.Y. -- Drug charges against Jon Bon Jovi's 19-year-old daughter have been dropped, a central New York prosecutor said Thursday.
Stephanie Bongiovi was found unresponsive by medics after she apparently overdosed on heroin in a Hamilton College dorm early Wednesday. Town of Kirkland police charged Bongiovi, of Red Bank, N.J., and fellow student Ian Grant, also of Red Bank, with possession of a small amount of heroin and marijuana.
Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said he was dismissing the charges against both students. Under state law, someone having a drug overdose or seeking help for an overdose victim can't be prosecuted for having a small amount of heroin or any amount of marijuana.
The so-called Good Samaritan 911 law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July 2011 was designed to reduce overdose deaths by encouraging people to call 911 without fear of being arrested for drug possession. Similar laws have been passed in several other states.
Bon Jovi, 50, is scheduled to perform at a concert to benefit Hamilton's scholarships and arts programs in Times Square on Dec. 5. He has not commented on his daughter's overdose.
He has four children, Stephanie and three sons.