Blatant disregard for human life

A video_ of men playing with the limp body of their friend, who later died of a suspected overdose, showed “a blatant disregard for human life,” the Porter County coroner said.

The video_ shows a man tying cords to the wrists of a seated man, whose head is slumped forward, before lifting his arms up and down, like a puppet. A man off camera sings, "You've got a friend in me."

The video_ was provided to The Times by a woman, Heather Anderson, of Wheeler, who was Facebook friends with the man she said posted it to the site at around 6:40 a.m. Sunday morning, with the caption: "One of my close friends passed away this morning. Please stop doing drugs. #fentanyl."

She said she commented on the video_, asking if the seemingly unconscious man was OK and saying she would alert authorities. The poster messaged her back, around 7 a.m., asking her not to and claiming his friend was home and very much alive. The man asserted the video_ was meant to be a wake-up call to his friend about his drug use.

Kearby was found in bed, not breathing and covered in vomit. Paramedics gave him naloxone, the opioid overdose-reversal drug, but neither they nor emergency room staff could revive him.

Even if the men had known Kearby was dying or in danger of dying, there is no law that would require them to report that to authorities, Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel said.

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