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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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