Drug charges dropped against Jon Bon Jovi's daughter

Nov 15 (Reuters) - Drug charges against the daughter of rock

star Jon Bon Jovi were dropped on Thursday, a day after she

suffered a suspected heroin overdose, officials in New York

said.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara said in a

statement that Stephanie Bongiovi could not be charged because

New York law prohibits the prosecution of people who had

overdosed and were in possession of small amounts of drugs.

Bongiovi, 19, was found unresponsive in a dormitory room at

Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, early on Wednesday and

was later booked on misdemeanor charges of possession of a

controlled substance (heroin), marijuana possession and criminal

use of drug paraphernalia, which were found in the room.

A message left with the singer's representative was not

immediately returned.

Heroin and marijuana charges against fellow student Ian S.

Grant, 21, in connection with Bongiovi's case were also dropped

as a witness or victim to a drug or alcohol overdose cannot be

prosecuted in New York.

Bongiovi is the oldest of four children of Bon Jovi and wife

Dorothea Hurley.

(Reporting By Eric Kelsey, editing by Jill Serjeant and Andre

Grenon)

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