Prescott Couple Accused of Baking Out Hotel Room With Heroin Smoke as 11-Month-Old Played in Crib

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Stefani Bindes and her baby-daddy, Matthew Nakihei, are accused of child abuse after police found heroin in the hotel room they've been staying in with their 11-month-old daughter.
Heroin's not good for anyone -- especially an 11-month-old baby, like the one found in a Scottsdale hotel room that her mother baked out with heroin smoke yesterday afternoon.

According to court records obtained by New Times, 25-year-old Matthew Nakihei and his baby-mama, Stefanie Bindes, 34, were arrested yesterday after police were called the La Quinta Inn and Suites at 8888 East Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale, where the couple has been staying for the past few days.

About 2 p.m., a housekeeper at the hotel watched through the couple's slightly open door as Bindes smoked heroin in close proximity to the baby, who was playing in a crib in the hotel room at the time.

Additionally, another hotel patron smelled a strong odor coming from the couple's room.

When police arrived, they went to the couples room and were immediately hit with the stench of heroin smoke when Bindes opened the door. They also immediately noticed the baby in the tiny room.

According to the arresting officer, the room -- which he describes as being "approximately 300 square feet with very poor ventilation" -- was filled with heroin smoke.

Inside the hotel room, police found a small baggie of heroin on the bed, multiple pieces of tin-foil with burnt heroin residue on them, a box of syringes, two "loaded" syringes, and another pea-sized ball of heroin on top of a box of baby wipes. An Excedrin bottle containing Xanax and Ambien -- a powerful sleep medication -- was also found in the room.

To top it all off, inside the crib with the baby, police found a bottle of prescription pills.

Once in custody, Bindes and Nakihei told police they'd taken a cab from Prescott to Scottsdale three days earlier to buy heroin. Once in the Valley, the two bought $200 worth of heroin from a drug dealer named Matthew, which Bindes smoked -- and Nakihei injected --
in the hotel room for the past three days, all while their 11-month-old baby was present in the tiny room.

Nakihei told police he's been a heroin addict for the past 12 years. He says he spends about $1,000 on heroin each week, and estimates he's spent upwards of $100,000 on the drug this year alone.

Both Nakihei and Bindes were booked into a Maricopa County jail on one count each of child abuse, endangerment, dangerous drug possession, prescription drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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Or you could spend 20 bucks on weed, the rest on the baby and family, and be happy...sheesh

Cheap Hotel Edinburgh
Cheap Hotel Edinburgh

This was probably the best that could have happened for that poor little baby. Now, it will have a chance at a normal, good life being taken away from these bottom feeding junkies.

Guest
Guest

Legalizing Heroin would, frankly, do little to curb its devastating effects on people's lives, the lives of their loved ones, and society as a whole.

Fact: Alcohol is by far the most destructive substance.  Some may want to get all up in arms over this statement, but there isn't really a debate.  Anyone can make a case for Heroin, Meth or Cocaine/Crack Cocaine, but the truth lies in the fact that Alcohol, by far, is the most destructive.

It's legality does little to deter its ability to ruin someone's life, so any misconception that just because you can go down to the corner store and get some it must be "safe" is ridiculous.  When you look at studies that have been done, Alcohol actually is a bigger killer than Heroin, Meth, and Cocaine combined.  Another horrifying thing about Alcohol is that it, alongside of Benzodiazepines, is one of the only substances whose withdrawals can be deadly.

When you go back in the history of alcoholism and addiction, there is a clear pattern of a substance being discovered, its attempt to use it safely medically, that attempt failing, and the subsequent outlawing of the substance.  Except with Alcohol (minus prohibition, of course).

Why?  Because alcohol is readily available to pretty much anybody in the country.  Even any pre-teen can break into their parents liquor cabinet and steal some booze.  Fake IDs are so prevalent in this country you can mail-order them.  College has become so synonymous with partying and drinking that has almost become the norm to NOT go to a University for some actual higher learning.  We are conditioned in this country, from a young age, to want to drink.  It is a social norm we all live with (hell, even endorse) that has an extremely dark potential.

Sure, some can argue that legalizing other substances would take their dangerous and forbidden allure away from rebellious youth, however think about the repercussions of making something Heroin available at your local gas station, or if there was a Heroin dispensary that one only needed a crooked doctors signature to purchase from.  It would only serve to further plunge our society towards an all-out chemical dependence, which we have already been on a crash course with for decades. 

It would serve no positive purpose whatsoever.

And in terms of the subjects of this news story...personally, my heart and prayers go out to them, their families, and their little baby.  Addiction/Alcoholism are harrowing things to deal with, and however they found themselves in the mess they are currently in, hopefully they can find the strength to do what they need to get out of it.  Twelve years is a long time to foster a relationship with a drug...it won't be easy, but believe it or not, there have been worse-off people who have been successful in getting clean.  Not all hope is lost, but being shunned by society as worthless, bad people (rather than sick people who just make bad decisions) doesn't help.

UncThomas
UncThomas

White people should never mix with "Matthew Nakihei" or that ilk.

Missy
Missy

what do you mean? never mix with Matthew Nakihei?

bigriggs
bigriggs

This was probably the best that could have happened for that poor little baby. Now, it will have a chance at a normal, good life being taken away from these bottom feeding junkies.

teknik1200
teknik1200

where does one find a job that provides the cash to blow $1000 a week on smack and still retain employment?

missy
missy

i know this fucking idiot and he doesnt have a job never did and cant keep one. he lives off his grandmother. and steals from everyone. from ponding jewlery to forging checks.. all around fucking loser... this retard got bailed out of jail and pleaded not guilty.. dumb fuck i hope he gets fucked in the ass in jail and someone beats his ass...

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

If it were legal, it would be inexpensive, plentiful and pure.  The ONLY reason people commit crimes to get the drug is BECAUSE it is illegal, risky to get, etc.  Humans, given an inexpensive, steady supply of high quality heroin, can easily maintain a useful life in our society.  Literally, millions of people, with the means (and may a brother on the force or in the prosecutor's office) do this every day.  It is the laws that caused this couple to go to extraordinary lengths to seek their happiness (guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution for all you traitors who want to make seeking happiness illegal).  Without the laws that are in effect, this couple would probably be still raising a fine young child in a health atmosphere.  It's wrong to make our choices in seeking happiness illegal if it bothers no one.  Again, for you dunderheads out there, it is the laws against the drug that put these people in this situation, not their pursuit of happiness.  Hell, if the drugs were illegal, they'd probably come up with some other more safe way of expressing the chemicals in our brains that cause euphoria.  But, no, they'd rather allow super-criminals to make billions of dollars by causing this type of behavior than do the rational, responsible thing.  - LEGALIZE IT!

Bluesgirl
Bluesgirl

This has to be one of the most ignorant statements I have ever read. To say that if heroin was legal that this child wouldn't have been exposed to it makes no sense at all. Whether it's legal or illegal these people are still addicts. Do you have any idea of the psychiatric effects of heroin? Have you seen someone high on heroin or met a heroin addict? There's a reason that this drug is so addictive and a reason that it is such a difficult addiction to kick. The effects that this drug has on a person's brain and behavior has nothing to do with whether or not it's legal. Do some research on the effects of this drug, or spend some time around a heroin addict, learn about the very specific methods of detox that are only used for heroin addiction. Legalizing heroin won't change how addictive the drug is, and it doesn't make the addicts any more responsible. It just makes their chosen vise more readily available. The illegality of the drug doesn't cause this type on behavior. Legal or illegal, addicts are going to find a way to get their fix. You're speaking about heroin as if it's in the same realm as marijuana, when in reality they are on two very opposite ends of the spectrum.  

Bluesgirl
Bluesgirl

Actually, the original post I responded to stated, " Without the laws that are in effect, this couple would probably be still raising a fine young child in a health atmosphere." I'm not twisting an argument. You have certain opinions which I disagree with based on my own personal experiences. (Two people with two different life experiences and two different opinions?! Shocking!) I have observed the situation first hand, both the addiction and the withdrawal, which is where my opinions come from (notice the use of the word opinion instead of statements like,  "Addiction is made worse because it is criminalized. That is simple fact." Show me some research and statistics that make this a fact and not an opinion or theory. Also, please show me where you're seeing that heroin is used to fight the withdrawal symptoms it created. Actual heroin, not other opiate derivatives). Serious addiction itself leads to "living in squalor", which can in turn lead to the criminal element you speak of. You're blaming the illegality of the drug for the addiction and the bi-products of that addiction, when in fact that has nothing to do with the biological or social elements of addiction. I am not arguing that there is not a criminal element to this drug, the fact that it's illegal in of itself gives it a criminal element. I'm simply pointing out that heroin, by its nature, is a very potent and addictive drug. It is one of the more addictive drugs out there because of how it interacts with the brain, how it both triggers dopamine, and mimicks dopamine signals, and because the dosage must be increased in attempts to achieve the same level of euphoria as was felt in the initial high, which can not be achieved again and is the reason that this drug creates so many addicts after only one use. That is the biology of it. I will concede that the legalization of it may possibly limit the number of dirty needles being used by those who chose to use the drug by injecting it, and therefore may reduce the transmission of blood diseases such has Hep C, HIV and AIDS. However, in my opinion, when someone is addicted to a drug enough to shut themselves up in a hotel room with their infant child for a number of days, the addiction is what is controlling them and legalizing the drug isn't going to solve those issues, because the addict would seek out other means of obtaining the drug when/if the doctor refuses to prescribe more.

Guest23
Guest23

You love to twist arguments. I and no else said that legalizing heroin would give any children happy and healthful childhoods. Rhetorical cheap tricks on your part. I have said that illegality makes the situation worse for kids. You obviously have not observed the situation first hand to know how making heroin legal would help. Also in the UK heroin is prescribed to addicts so they won't go through withdrawals. Just admit you were wrong because you were and you keep trying to twist my correcting you in favor of trying to make a point about something I didn't state. Addiction is made worse because it is criminalized. That is simple fact. This leads to addicts more than likely living in squalor dealing with criminal elements, etc. If heroin was legal they wouldn't have to deal with the bcriminal element and therefore their children would be better off. Try talking about something you know about for a change because you have your head your ass on thjs issue.

Bluesgirl
Bluesgirl

Lol, no. My name is not "Eleanor". And I haven't been around here long enough to know who that is.

Bluesgirl
Bluesgirl

Regardless of whether it's legal or not, you're referring to it being legal in a prescription sense, which would most likely be used for pain medication and to ease transition for the terminally ill. No doctor in their right mind is going to give a heroin prescription for recreational use. The argument that legalizing heroin would have given this little girl a happy and healthy childhood completely ignorant and asinine. The people were obviously not using heroin for medicinal purposes, which is what it would be used for if it was legalized. The drug and the addiction is what is controlling these people. Saying that legalizing heroin would've helped this little girl is like saying, "Just let an abusive alcoholic get wasted and their children won't be in danger of abuse and neglect". It's the addiction that's in control. Whether it's legal or not doesn't change that. Making a drug legal won't suddenly change the fact that someone is an addict. You're right, addiction is biological. And heroin is by far one of the most addictive drugs out there. Legalizing it isn't going to change that.

Guest23
Guest23

Bluesgirl, your info or source is what is incorrect, wrong, etc. There have been and from what I understand still continue to be doctors who can prescribe heroin to addicts in the UK. It has been featured in documentaries on drugs I have watched and a quick search of the internet should provide enough evidence that you are the one talking out your ass.

And making heroin legal most likely would have a more positive effect overall on children as it would help eliminate some of the sqaulid conditions addicts are forced to live in. But like alcohol or any other legal drug, the fact that it is legal often leads to more oversite, discussion and awareness of keeping it away from children. Often the illegal lifestyle of addicts sets up situations where children will come into contact with it where they most likely would not if it was illegal. The simple math of heroin addiction is astonishing. If a addict has a $100 a day habit which is about 3 grams, than he needs to steal 3 to 4 times that amount to fence to get the daily drugs they need. That ends up being $9000 of stolen goods for $3000 of heroin which actually would be less than $5 a day if it was legal. The damage to society is astronomical and treating addiction with jail time will never fix the problem as addiction is biological and not a situation of will power and some deluded self righteous idiots think. Alcohol prohibition didn't work and drug prohibition hasn't and still isn't working. What is a shame is the dea spreads so much false propaganda about drugs... just read their website... what they present as facts goes against most every study on addiction even those commissioned by the govt itself. I know and have helped many addicts clean up their lives and having that first hand knowledge and experience does show me that drugs illegal status helps put children in harms way, leads to poorer thinking than if drugs were not illegal and that crime would be brought much lower than it ever has been if drugs were legal but in the current political arena it is impossible to have a rational discussion on the subject without the pro legal side being tarred and feathered when the facts do not warrant it.

Native Guns
Native Guns

I would like to click the "Like" button for this comment. Since I agree with your notion. But I'd rather not, since you sound remotely similar to "Eleanor"(same person?). Nevertheless, glad they caught those junkies before the any further damaged was done on the infant.

Bluesgirl
Bluesgirl

Your research is incorrect...at least in this century. Heroin was criminalized in England in 1956, before which, yes it was legal as a prescription medicine. Morphine, another opiate derivative, is still used in the States, as well as in England, as a prescription pain killer and is legal, however, the potency of legal opiate derivatives, such as Morphine (which is such a strong pain killer that it is usually only used in hospitals, and if prescribed on a personal level, is usually done so in cases of fatal illness because of how strong the addictive qualities are, even in prescribed form), and the potency of heroin are not equal. One could argue that you could alter certain aspects of heroin to make it somewhat less addictive, but that would also alter the high that comes with it and eventually there would be a new line of designer heroin on the market and the cycle would continue.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I will back their statement up with a reality check. In England you can get a prescription for heroin from your doctor. You can then go to a pharmacy and get your prescription filed. The doctor will keep tabs on you and keep your doses under control. No one else but yourself will be harmed.

So there you go.

guest
guest

Settle down, Beavis. 

Eleanor
Eleanor

Obviously that guy is too f up on heroin to do the math. 

guest
guest

No, that's a fair estimate, Eleanor. Heroin's an expensive drug, costing $10 for a pea-sized bag and up to $120 for an 8-ball (3.5 gm). Addicts will use heroin multiple times a day, and they'll do whatever they have to do in order to obtain it. Theft is a pretty common means of obtaining money to purchase heroin.I don't use heroin, never have and never intend to. I never was a drug user, save for some minor experimentation in college. But, I have a close friend who used heroin years ago. He described it as "better than sex," and said it was the most difficult drug to kick.

Eleanor
Eleanor

I will take your word on that.  I have never done heroin nor do I know anybody who does. 

As for better than sex......too bad he never had any really great sex.   

Guest23
Guest23

Heh, I am a dick because I speak the truth on unpopular subject matter... go figure. Ignorance knows no bounds around here.

guest
guest

Wow. Dude, you need help. You're a major-league dick.

Guest23
Guest23

Heh, you are talking out of your ass. Your assumption that the poster has never had any really great sex is uncalled for, unjustified, assholish, and in my and many, many others experience just incorrect.

How would you qualify what great sex is eleanor? Your name points to you most likely being old so you may have had many years of experience with sex but with how many people and were any of them good by professional standards?

I have had great sex, had a fetish model wife who went on to be a porn actress after I left her and she knew what she was doing. I also acted in a porno with her and another female. I have had multiple open relationships, sex with 2, 3, 4 + persons and been involved in giving seminars on S/M and mind altering states. I also have tried heroin, morphine, oxycotin, and vicodin over the years for injuries and on a few occasions recreationally. So I would say I most likely have more experience in both areas of heroin/opiates and sex. When it comes down to it, heroin is often better than sex. Though heroin may not be better your first time since heroin often makes novice users ill the first few times they use it. I would also say that speedballs (heroin and cocaine mixed and done together is better than heroin or sex as well.)

What bugs me in this situation is people spouting off about something they have no experience with or first hand knowledge. Which is what eleanor has done. She just has to pipe up and throw her worthless two cents in to assuage her ego or something. Take some advice and post about subjects you have experience or knowledge about or questions if you are ignorant on the subject but to jump in with insults when you have no clue on the issue at hand just makes you look like an self centric ass.

I do imagine that there are some people that wouldn't find heroin better than sex and it would most likely be those that do not care for opiates as recreational drugs. They are dangerous to get involved with so I don't recommend them but for the adventurous they do provide a kick that is unlike anything else.

guest
guest

I've heard a few heroin addicts say that it's better than sex. I'm not about to find out, though.

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