12-year-old girl dials 911 after mom overdoses on heroin while driving with three children in car: 'My mom won't wake up'
The mother, 28-year-old Tiffany Smith, was taken to a hospital for treatment and then charged with child neglect.
DELTONA, FLORIDA: A 12-year-old girl can be heard crying and desperately pleading for help during a 911 call after her mom overdosed on heroin while driving with her three children and two dogs in the car.
In the heartwrenching call, part of which was shared by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office on Facebook, the girl can be heard saying in a panicked voice, "Um, my mom won't wake up and we're on I-4 in the car."
Deputies from the VCSO subsequently responded to the 114-mile marker on eastbound I-4 at around 7 pm and found her mother Tiffany Smith, 28, passed out in her minivan. Also in the vehicle were two other children, the girl's one-year-old brother, and seven-year-old brother, as well as two dogs.
Smith was given a dose of Narcan — a medication used to block the effects of opioids, commonly used to treat overdoses — by paramedics. She told the authorities that she started experiencing back pain while driving to her sister's in South Carolina. She said she had stopped by the side of the highway to take heroin for the pain.
"I honestly took heroin because my back was hurting," she can be heard saying in the bodycam footage from the scene.
When the deputy asks if heroin is something she should be taking for the pain, she answers, "It's not, but I had no pain pill and my back was hurting and I'm making a five-hour trip."
Smith was taken to AdventHealth Fish Memorial hospital in Orange City and later charged with child neglect in connection to the case. She was booked into Volusia County Branch Jail after receiving treatment.
Her children were not injured and were placed in the custody of their grandmother. The two dogs were turned over to Volusia County Animal Control officers.