Baby rescued after mother passed out behind the wheel
"I called the cops and said listen there's a lady overdosing and there's a baby in the backseat," he told Fox 29. After that he pocked his phone and smashed a window with a rock to get the door unlocked. Even with the sound of shattering glass inches from her head, the woman in the driver's seat didn't wake up. The man even tried to shake her awake, but got no response. He then pulled the crying child out of the car.
"He was crying his eyes out and he was soaked," the man told Fox 29. "He was sitting in it for awhile. It's heartbreaking." The man told reporters he has a young child himself and that his parental instincts kicked in. When police arrived the sirens actually woke the woman, who tried to run. Police quickly caught up with her and placed her under arrest. The boy, who is less than a year old, was handed off to social services, who contacted relatives who took him in. The woman was arrested and charges are pending.
This story is a heartbreaking and, unfortunately, not at all rare. In November of last year, a man found a woman on narcotics passed out in her running car with her three-year-old child in the back seat. A well-placed pot hole was the only thing keeping her vehicle from rolling into traffic. According to NBC, heroin overdoses have quadrupled since 2002, spurred on by high levels of painkiller usage and an abundance of cheap heroin.
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