Woman overdoses next to child in store


    A woman overdosed inside a Family Dollar in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Police say the woman went limp next to her two-year-old daughter. (WBZ / Lawrence PD / CBS Newspath)

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (WFXT / CNN Newsource) - A woman overdosed inside a Family Dollar in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

    Police say the woman went limp next to her two-year-old daughter.

    The toddler is safe, but police plan to charge her mother with child endangerment.

    Screaming, the two-year-old girl is seen tugging at her mother's limp body Sunday morning at the Family Dollar in Lawrence.

    That video is now a key piece of evidence in charging this Salem New Hampshire mother with child endangerment.

    Chief James Fitzpatrick of the Lawrence Police Department said, "It's very, very disturbing to see someone obviously in the matter of addiction, where it overtakes someone to the point where they're not able to take care of their child, leaves their child vulnerable."

    Police say while they wish the person taking the video had helped the frantic child, that clip is a key piece of evidence in a child endangerment charge, combined with drug paraphernalia found in the woman's bag, including straws and baggies with drug residue.

    They believe she had overdosed on an oral version of heroin or an opiate-based narcotic like fentanyl.

    She finally came to after not one but two doses of Narcan.

    The video is making the rounds in Lawrence as shocked people share.

    "Just the baby pulling on her. You want to almost cry," one man said. "Then you're curious, and I wanted to send my friend the link, and he was like, 'Wow.'"

    Police say they hope sharing this video will alert people to the horrific consequences of drug use, something not seen by the public every day but ever-present to first responders.

    Chief Fitzpatrick estimates in 10 percent of drug situations they respond to, children are present.

    "They can see firsthand the power of the narcotic and fentanyl," Chief Fitzpatrick said. "And she's lucky to be alive."

    The little girl is now in protective custody.

    Her mother is expected to face charges by the end of the week.

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