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12-Year-Old Calls Police After Her Mother Overdoses

Raven reporters

Nov. 03, 2019

A Florida woman who lost consciousness while driving on the I-4 with her 12-year-old daughter has been arrested for child neglect, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said this week .
Tiffany Smith, 28, was discovered unconscious behind the wheel of her stopped minivan on I-4 in DeLand, Florida by deputies from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office Thursday night. Deputies became aware of the situation after Smith's 12-year-old daughter called 911, letting them know her mother had fallen unconscious.
"My mom won't wake up and we're on I-4 in the car," said the 12-year-old girl, as another child can be heard screaming in the background in audio of the 911 call released by officials. "We're in the grass and we're close to a ditch. I don't know how to put it in park."
Paramedics arriving on scene were able to revive Smith using naloxone, a nasal spray that helps treat opioid overdoses, the sheriff's office said in a statement. After regaining consciousness, Smith told the deputies she'd taken the heroin after she began experiencing back pain while driving to South Carolina. At some point, she lost consciousness, which prompted her daughter to call 911.
Two other boys, ages 7 and 1, were also present in the car, deputies said. All three children were unharmed and have been turned over to their grandmother.
Two dogs that were in the vehicle were handed over to animal control officials with Volusia County Animal Control.
Smith was taken to a hospital where she was stabilized and treated.
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