Daughter calls 911 after mom ODs while driving with kids in car

In a 911 call, the suspect's oldest child is heard sobbing while trying to give dispatchers the location of the minivan


By Nelson Oliveira
New York Daily News

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Three children had a terrifying experience Thursday night when their mother suffered a heroin overdose while driving with them and two dogs on a Florida highway, authorities said.

The woman, who was revived and later charged, was able to pull over before losing consciousness in front of her 1-year-old baby, 6-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter.

In a 911 call released Friday by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect’s oldest child is heard sobbing while trying to give dispatchers the location of the minivan, which stopped on Interstate 4 near the city of DeLand around 7 p.m.

“My mom won’t wake up and we’re on I-4 in the car,” she told police moments before deputies found the vehicle.

Authorities said the driver, 28-year-old Tiffany Smith, woke up after paramedics gave her Narcan, an anti-overdose medication. She then told deputies she was driving to South Carolina when she started having back pain and decided to take heroin for it, according to police.

“Is that something you should be taking for your back?” a puzzled official is heard asking in the video police shared Friday on Facebook. Smith said she had no other painkillers in the car.

Authorities said she will be taken into custody after receiving medical treatment.

Her children were not injured and were placed in the custody of their grandmother. The dogs were turned over to the county's animal control officers.

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©2019 New York Daily News

 
Heroin overdose/child neglect arrest 10/31/19

WOMAN LOSES CONSCIOUSNESS ON I-4 AFTER HEROIN OVERDOSE; 3 KIDS IN MINIVAN Three children are safe and a Deltona woman was revived and charged with child neglect Thursday night after she overdosed on heroin, pulled over on Interstate 4 and lost consciousness. Deputies responded to the 114 mile marker on eastbound I-4 around 7 p.m. Thursday after a 12-year-old girl called 911 reporting the incident. Two other children, a 7-year-old boy and a 1-year-old boy, were in the minivan at the time. After 28-year-old Tiffany Smith (DOB 2/1/1991) received a dose of Narcan from paramedics, she told deputies she was on her way to South Carolina with the children when she started to experience back pain. She said she stopped to take some heroin for the pain. The children were not injured and were placed in the custody of their grandmother. Two dogs in the minivan were turned over to Volusia County Animal Control officers. Smith was admitted to AdventHealth Fish Memorial hospital in Orange City, where she was in stable condition. She was not immediately booked at the Volusia County Branch Jail pending treatment at the hospital.

Posted by Volusia Sheriff's Office on Friday, November 1, 2019
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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