This is absolutely heartbreaking. Inside a Family Dollar store, a toddler girl desperately and frantically tried to wake up her passed-out mom who appeared to be unconscious after a drug overdose. The child can be heard screaming and crying as she pulls on her mom to get her off the ground. SO awful. Watch the disturbing footage here.
A video shot in a Dollar Store in Lawrence, Massachusetts on the morning of Sept. 18 shows just how devastating — and scary — drug addiction can truly be. In the disturbing nearly-three-minute-long clip, a mother can be seen lying unconscious from an apparent drug overdose in the public space while her baby daughter, 2, cries over her and attempts to shake her awake.
The footage was captured by an onlooker and was later obtained by Lawrence police. At the time of the scary incident, store clerk Nicaurys Anziani dialed 911, and paramedics were able to revive the woman, a 36-year-old from Salem New Hampshire whose name has not been released. The mom was able to regain consciousness after paramedics gave her Narcan, which is used to counter the effects of an opiate overdose.
Once awake, the woman apparently “said she was just tired and dozed off,” according to the Eagle Tribune. Authorities also found baggies and straws consistent with either fentanyl or heroin abuse in her bag, Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick told WBZ-TV. The woman was then taken to the hospital and has since been charged with child endangerment.
“It’s very disturbing to see someone like this,” James told the news station. “It’s obvious addiction has overtaken them, to the point of not being able to take care of their child.” SO sad. Nicaurys said the woman collapsed at 10:24 a.m. on Sept. 18 and the toddler, who was wearing Frozen pajamas, “was just crying and crying and crying.”
Following the incident, the child was taken into emergency custody by the Department of Children and Families. The mother does not have any other children.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — how do you feel about this disturbing video? SO sad, right?