A heartbreaking video of a mother lying unconscious on a store floor while her little girl tried to revive her has led to criminal charges.
The video obtained by Lawrence Police shows a crying 2-year-old girl trying to wake up her mom after the woman collapsed from an apparent drug overdose in an aisle of a Family Dollar store in Lawrence Sunday morning.
A clerk called 911 and paramedics arrived a short time later. They revived the woman with Narcan, which is used to reverse opiate overdoses.
Police told WBZ-TV they are not releasing the woman’s name at this point in the investigation. She is 36 years old and lives in Salem, New Hampshire.
She will be charged with child endangerment. Investigators said they do not have enough evidence to charge her with any drug-related violations.
Lawrence police say the incident shows the darkest side of drug addiction that officers have seen.
“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 Chief James Fitzpatrick.
The incident comes just a week after police in Ohio released another disturbing image on social media that quickly went viral, showing a 4-year-old boy in the backseat of a car with two adults apparently unconscious from an overdose.
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