• Shocking photo: Mom allegedly overdoses in car with baby in back seat

    By: Melissa Gotlieb , Rare.us

    Updated:

    HOPE, Ind. - Police officers have released a graphic and disturbing photo of a mother allegedly passed out in her car from a drug overdose with her 10-month-old son in the back seat.

     

     

    A 25-year-old mother was found unconscious behind the wheel of her car with a syringe still in her hand. Authorities in...

    Posted by Fox 59 WXIN Indianapolis on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

     

    Erika Hurt, 25, was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon in her car in Hope, Indiana, along with her crying baby, police say, The Associated Press reported. The photo appears to show Hurt passed out with a syringe in her left hand.

    Erika Hurt.
    Town of Hope Police Department/AP

    According to the AP, officers revived Hurt with Narcan and took her to a nearby hospital. Hurt is in custody on a probation violation, and officials from child welfare came out to the scene, according to Town Marshal Matthew Tallent.

    The baby is reportedly with Hurt’s mother.

    Hurt faces charges of child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The disturbing photo comes one month after the release of a viral photo of two parents allegedly overdosing on heroin with a 4-year-old in the back seat of a car. Earlier this month, a Facebook Live video of a Tennessee couple who reportedly passed out on heroin on a sidewalk in broad daylight 

    Heroin use is a growing epidemic in America. Earlier this year, Rare traveled to New HampshireBaltimore and other inner cities and suburbs to talk to families and public figures negatively impacted by the crisis.

    Rare reported:

    "The epidemic has touched the lives of student athletes, mothers, fathers and beloved celebrities, with more than 28,000 opioid- and heroin-related overdose deaths reported in 2014, according to the CDC. In response, the Obama administration is treating it as a public health crisis, calling for an allocation of $1.1 billion in new funding to help those seeking treatment."

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