Police had to pull a pregnant mother from her car after she passed out at a stoplight with a child in the backseat, reported The Miami Herald. According to police, the Evansville, Indiana mom told them she had injected heroin 10 minutes before she conked out. Natalie Onay, 22, is five months pregnant, according to Fox59.
On Monday, police were called after someone noticed Onay passed out behind the steering wheel at an intersection. The driver in the car that was behind Onay said the mother didn’t move, even as the stop light cycled at least two times, according to Fox59. At one point, Onay’s car moved forward before just narrowly escaping being hit by another vehicle. But even that close call didn’t appear to wake Onay up.
In fact, police had to pull her out of the car. Her 10-month-old child, who is now in custody of the state’s Department of Child Services, was in the backseat the whole time. Also reportedly found in the car: a syringe and .10 grams of heroin.
The mother now faces multiple charges including child neglect, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and various drug charges, according to Fox59. Police arrested her, but took her to a nearby hospital before booking her. En route, the young mom allegedly admitted to the cops that she had recently relapsed. TristateHompage.com reported that previous to the relapse, she said she was clean for two years.
She has been bonded out of jail, and it is unclear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this point.
Onay isn’t the only parent to get high on heroin while their children are in the car. Sadly, amid the opioid crisis, she is just one of many.
You may remember the disturbing image that went viral last September: a photograph of two passed out parents from Ohio. They had a 4-year-old child in their backseat, and their state was allegedly a result of using heroin. Last fall, another mother from Indiana reportedly overdosed in her car. Like Onay, she also had a 10-month-old in the backseat.
And over the summer, a mother and her husband from Florida overdosed and died after taking fentanyl. Their bodies were found in their car while their children were in the backseat.
[Photo: Vanderburgh County Jail]