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Teen Accused of Watching Friend Fatally Overdose on Heroin, Then Waiting Until the Morning After to Call 9-1-1

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Four teens were arrested in connection with death of a Thousand Oaks teen who authorities believe died after overdosing on heroin last month.

Griffen Kramer was a high school football player and the son of former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer, who had struggled with a drug addiction. He was found dead on October 30 at the home of his friend David Nernberg in Agoura Hills, according to the Daily News. But if authorities' suspicions are right, it turns out that Nernberg might not have been such a pal.

Authorities are accusing Nernberg of watching his friend foam at the mouth after shooting up heroin in a park one evening, dragging Kramer into his home and waiting until the next morning to call 9-1-1. By the time Nernberg had called paramedics, his friend had been dead for hours, authorities said.

They believe that Nernberg wasn't the only one involved. Two other teens were arrested on suspicion of the same charges as Nernberg: involuntary manslaughter. In the hours in between the time that Kramer is believed to have OD'ed and the 9-1-1 call, authorities said Nernberg drove around with Kramer and his friends asking what he should, too. A fourth teen was booked on a drug charge, according to the Associated Press.

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The story gets even sadder. One of the parents of the teens told the Ventura County Star that all the teens in Agoura Hills are doing heroin. Authorities conducted a search of six homes and found marijuana, cocaine, heroin — but they also found a home with five children in "deplorable condition." All of the children were taken into custody. The man arrested on suspicion of child endangerment turned out to be the grandson of Dick Van Dyke — Carey Van Dyke.