Opioid crisis hits Spokane Valley family hard - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Opioid crisis hits Spokane Valley family hard

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Kaele Prichett was 15-years-old when her life changed forever.

It was April 4th, 2007. She had smoked marijuana the night before, got behind the wheel without a drivers license, and crashed into a bulldozer going 80 mph.

Prichett and another teenage passenger survived, but 14-year-old Cameron Ross didn’t make it.

“Kaele was a 15-year-old that made a bad choice,” said her mother, Wendy Billingslea. “Cameron passing was one of the hardest things I had to go through, but for a 15-year-old, I can’t imagine.”

Prichett faced vehicular manslaughter charges but wouldn’t do jail-time. Instead, she was sentenced to juvenile rehabilitation and house arrest.

It seemed things could only go up for Prichett, but instead, they spiraled downwards.

“She did have injuries,” said Billingslea. “So she was put on heavy drugs from the very beginning.”

Prichett was given methadone and other opioids.

“She needed them,” said Billingslea. “They were the things that helped her survive the nights crying in the tub because it was the only way to take the pain away.”   

After recovering from her injuries, Billingslea says her daughter kept taking prescription drugs. But when they became too expensive, she began using heroin and meth.

“I’ve seen her look like death,” said Billingslea. “I’ve been called and told it might be Kaele dead, that they found a body and it might be Kaele, they just don’t know.”

Billingslea says her daughter became an addict by 19-years-old.

Then, her second child was taken from her in the hospital.

“The State took Josiah at the hospital,” said Billingslea. “Her and her husband weren’t allowed to leave with Josiah because he tested positive for the opioids and other drugs.”

Since becoming hooked on drugs, Prichett has spent the years in and out of jail.

Billingslea and her husband are in the process of adopting her son.

“I love her, she’s my daughter,” said Billingslea. “But I’m angry. I think it’s really hard for families to pick up the pieces and carry on. It’s not our baggage. I love him but he’s not my baby.”

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Motorcycle passenger killed in Rathdrum crash

    Motorcycle passenger killed in Rathdrum crash

    Saturday, June 16 2018 8:03 PM EDT2018-06-17 00:03:50 GMT

    Members of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and the Northern Lakes Fire Department responded to a fatal crash in Rathdrum late Saturday morning. A citizen reported that a truck struck a motorcycle carrying two people in the intersection at W. Lancaster Rd. and N. Huetter Rd. 

    >>

    Members of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and the Northern Lakes Fire Department responded to a fatal crash in Rathdrum late Saturday morning. A citizen reported that a truck struck a motorcycle carrying two people in the intersection at W. Lancaster Rd. and N. Huetter Rd. 

    >>
  • Driver charged with following too close in Highway 395 crash

    Driver charged with following too close in Highway 395 crash

    Sunday, June 17 2018 11:55 AM EDT2018-06-17 15:55:41 GMT

    LOON LAKE, Wash.- Washington State Patrol investigators say a driver following too close led to a 3-vehicle crash at Highway 395 and Grote Rd. Saturday evening. The crash happened around 7:15 p.m. Troopers say a silver 2003 Ford Taurus driven by 17-year-old Jon Peter Nelson was northbound on Highway 395, stopped and preparing to turn left onto Grote Road.

    >>

    LOON LAKE, Wash.- Washington State Patrol investigators say a driver following too close led to a 3-vehicle crash at Highway 395 and Grote Rd. Saturday evening. The crash happened around 7:15 p.m. Troopers say a silver 2003 Ford Taurus driven by 17-year-old Jon Peter Nelson was northbound on Highway 395, stopped and preparing to turn left onto Grote Road.

    >>
  • Man who defrauded over 1,000 Walmart stores arrested

    Man who defrauded over 1,000 Walmart stores arrested

    Saturday, June 16 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-06-16 22:38:29 GMT

    Authorities say a man suspected of making fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 Walmart stores across the U.S. has been arrested in Arizona.

    >>

    Authorities say a man suspected of making fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 Walmart stores across the U.S. has been arrested in Arizona. The Yuma Police Department says 23-year-old Thomas Frudaker was apprehended Wednesday after store employees noticed a suspicious transaction and contacted police.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Liberty Lake husband saved by Safeway employees after heart attack

    Liberty Lake husband saved by Safeway employees after heart attack

    Sunday, June 17 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-06-18 01:34:16 GMT

    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Guardian angels of the grocery store; that’s what one Liberty Lake family says after their loved one had a heart attack outside the Safeway in Liberty Lake. Judy Thompson and her husband,

    >>

    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Guardian angels of the grocery store; that’s what one Liberty Lake family says after their loved one had a heart attack outside the Safeway in Liberty Lake. Judy Thompson and her husband,

    >>
  • Victim in domestic violence situation turned house fire speaks out

    Victim in domestic violence situation turned house fire speaks out

    Sunday, June 17 2018 9:26 PM EDT2018-06-18 01:26:17 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been a tough 24 hours for the Winant Family.  Kelli Winant says she called police after a situation escalated with she and her boyfriend Saturday after he had been drinking.  "After he beat me pretty good yesterday, he burned our house down,” Kelli Winant Firefighters were at the home in a matter of minutes.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been a tough 24 hours for the Winant Family.  Kelli Winant says she called police after a situation escalated with she and her boyfriend Saturday after he had been drinking.  "After he beat me pretty good yesterday, he burned our house down,” Kelli Winant Firefighters were at the home in a matter of minutes.

    >>
  • Guatemala ends search for people buried by volcano eruption

    Guatemala ends search for people buried by volcano eruption

    Sunday, June 17 2018 8:21 PM EDT2018-06-18 00:21:40 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -  Guatemalan authorities have ended the search for people buried by the eruption of the Volcano of Fire two weeks ago.    The country's disaster agency said Sunday it suspended searches in San Miguel Los Lotes and El Rodeo because the area is "uninhabitable" and high risk.

    >>

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -  Guatemalan authorities have ended the search for people buried by the eruption of the Volcano of Fire two weeks ago.    The country's disaster agency said Sunday it suspended searches in San Miguel Los Lotes and El Rodeo because the area is "uninhabitable" and high risk.

    >>