A Florida 12-year-old tearfully called 911 Thursday after her mother overdosed on heroin and lost consciousness while driving along the interstate with her three children.
“My mom won’t wake up and we’re on I-4 in the car,” the emotional 12-year-old can be heard telling the dispatcher in audio released by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
The dispatcher tried to keep the young girl calm while he tried to get more information about where the family was stranded.
“We’re in the grass and we’re close to a ditch because my mom was hitting the gas and I put it in ‘N’ because I don’t know how to put it in park,” the young girl said.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said they received the call around 7 p.m. Thursday after 28-year-old Tiffany Smith had overdosed on heroin and pulled over on Interstate 4 before losing consciousness.
Paramedics were able to revive Smith—who is now facing charges of child neglect—with a dose of Narcan. Smith can be heard telling deputies in the footage that she had taken some heroin because her back was hurting.
“I had no pain pill and my back was hurting,” she said as she sits in the back of an ambulance.
Smith told authorities she stopped at a house to get some heroin, took the drugs and then drove off in the family’s mini-van, according to an arrest report obtained by The Daytona Beach News Journal.
But she soon started to feel sick and pulled the van over along the interstate before passing out.
“We’re screaming and we can’t get her up,” the girl told authorities, according to the local paper. “We’re shaking her and we can’t get her up.”
Smith told deputies the family had been traveling to South Carolina to visit her sister. Along with the 12-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy, a 1-year-old boy and two dogs were also in the vehicle at the time, the sheriff’s office said.
The children were not hurt and are in the custody of their grandmother. The family’s two dogs were turned over to the Volusia County Animal Control officers, deputies said.
Smith was taken to a hospital in Orange City where she is in stable condition. She has not been booked into the jail yet, while she receives treatment.
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