Woman loses fight to save heroin-addicted son

IMPERIAL, Mo. (AP) — Sherrie Gavan drew support from around the country when she attacked her son's alleged drug dealer with a baseball bat, willing to do whatever it took to fight for her son. That fight is over.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1n3piXN ) reports that Klaeton Gavan died of a heroin overdose on Friday. His younger brother found the 20-year-old's body on the bathroom floor of the family's home in Imperial, Missouri.

Gavan learned of Klaeton's addiction in 2011. She and her husband tried everything to help him.

None of it worked. Fed up, Sherrie Gavan tracked down a man she said was her son's dealer and struck him twice with a bat.

Gavan, 4-foot-11 and 115 pounds, was convicted of third-degree assault and placed on probation for two years.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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