Mom Overdoses Behind The Wheel With Her Baby In The Backseat

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Ashley Paige
Erika Hurt of Bartholomew County, Indiana was found passed out in the driver's seat of her car after using heroin. Her baby was crying in the backseat.

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Another day, another sad story about heroin overdose. 

One mother from Hope, Indiana, passed out behind the steering wheel in a parking lot with her infant son in the backseat on Oct. 22, where he was discovered crying, CNN reports. 

Erika Hurt, 25, was revived after she was administered two doses of a narcotic-reversing drug, and she was then transferred to Columbus Regional Hospital. 

Now, Hurt is being charged with drug possession and child neglect. The child currently lives with his grandmother, who obtained guardianship. Hurt’s mother, Jami Smith, is upset about the ill publicity her daughter is receiving. 

“This was a mistake,” she said. “I do not condone it. Trust me, there is nobody that was more angry than me and once she was back up on her feet, before she even went to the hospital, she knew how angry I was." 

Hope Town Marshal Matthew Tallent is dismayed, saying the outcome could have been much worse had the drug kicked in a few minutes later. 

"Had this woman not passed out from this and attempted to drive right afterward, she could have [driven] down the road, passed out two minutes later and hit a car with a family in it, killed every one of them," Tallent said. "That's the thing that's so shocking to me to think about."

The story comes on the heels of a drug crisis, as heroin usage in the United States continues to surge. The number of fatal heroin overdoses has been increasing since the early 2000s, TIME reports. In 2014, there were more than 10,000 deaths, and the problem is only expanding.

May this mother — and every other drug abuser, for that matter — receive the help needed to kick the habit and return to mainstream society. Heavy drug use is a dark hole . . . and one that’s exceedingly difficult to climb out of. 

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