An 18-month-old toddler was treated by hospital staff for a heroin overdose, reports say.
The parents of the little girl have been arrested and will be facing serious charged. Apparently, both parents are heroin addicts. The mother was overdosing, along with the child.
A frantic friend of the couple was spotted outside trying to flag down help. She told police the child looked “blue” when she saw her. By the time police arrived, the father was already en route to the hospital with the little girl. The mother was in the same condition, and paramedics were sent with an ambulance to pick her up.
The NY Daily News reports:
The baby is in serious but guarded condition, according to WSAZ, and may be released Thursday.
Royal, who used to babysit Brandy Estep, told the station that Bolden initially resisted taking the child to the hospital out of fear of being arrested.
“He kept on saying it was her sugar,” Royal told the station. “He knew.”
While toxicology tests have yet to provide a cause for the child’s condition, both mother and daughter were revived by Narcan, according to WSAZ. Narcan blocks the effects of opioids.
“It tears my heart out because I watched her mom grow up,” Royal told the station. “To know something like that could happen, I can’t even think about it. It’s just crazy.”
Estep, 26, and the 41-year-old Bolden were charged with child endangerment.
“On a clean, sober day, you couldn’t ask for a better mother,” Royal told the station. “But on getting high days, she’s one of the worst. And if she’s going to continue to get high, she doesn’t deserve her kids.”