Disturbing video shows a mother in Massachusetts who apparently collapsed from a drug overdose while her toddler stood nearby trying to wake her up.
A 36-year-old woman is seen in the cellphone footage lying unconscious in a local Family Dollar store on the morning of Sept. 18 while a two-year-old, reported to be the woman’s daughter, cries and pulls on the woman’s arm.
Officials have not released the mother’s identity but said she resides in New Hampshire.
According to CBS affiliate WBZ-TV, a store clerk noticed the mother on the floor and called 911.
Police arrived shortly after and was able to revive the 36-year-old with Narcan, which is a drug used to reverse opiate overdoses.
Officials also added it’s “troubling” someone would record the overdose instead of trying to help but it shows the darkest side of addiction.
“It’s very disturbing to see someone like this. It’s obvious addiction has overtaken them to the point of not being able to care for their child,” said police chief James Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick went on to say that this overdose happening in a public area may have saved the toddler.
Now, police are wondering if the two-year-old girl has witnessed something like this before.
WBZ-TV wrote “in a nearby diaper bag police found baggies and straws with residue from either fentanyl or heroin they say the woman likely inhaled.”
The woman has been charged with child endangerment.
The child is currently under the care of the state’s Department of Children and Families.