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A Deltona, Fla., the woman was revived and charged with child neglect after investigators said she overdosed on heroin while driving with her three children on a road in Volusia County on Thursday night.
Tiffany Smith, 28, could have died if it wasn’t for her 12-year-old daughter called 911, and was in tears to speak with dispatchers, after Smith had lost consciousness behind the wheel of a bus is stopped and is switched to the side of I-4, according to a statement released by the Volusia Sheriff’s Office.
“My mother didn’t wake up, and we were on I-4 in the car,” she said to the dispatcher in an audio released by the sheriff’s office.
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“We sat down in the grass, and we are very close to a ditch…I don’t know how to put it on in the park,” she timidly added.
After the 911 call, investigators said they arrived at the scene at approximately 7:00 p.m. where they found Smith unconscious. Her other children, aged between 7 and 1, also were in the van, along with two other dogs in the pack.
Tiffany Smith, 28, was revived and charged with child neglect after she overdosed on heroin while driving with her three children on a road in Volusia County, Fla., investigators said.
(Volusia County Corrections)
Paramedics revived Smith with a dose of Narcan, an aerosol is used for the treatment of a drug overdose, the researchers said.
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“She told deputies she was on her way to South Carolina with the children, and when she began to experience pain in the back,” the sheriff’s office statement read. “She said that when she stopped to get some heroin for the pain.”
When the deputies asked her to heroin, it was something that she should have taken her to the back, Smith said, but she ran out of pain medication, and it was a very difficult task.”
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Smith was listed in stable condition at AdventHealth Fish Memorial Hospital. It was not immediately booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail. It was not immediately clear whether she had an attorney.
Her children were not injured and were placed in the custody of their grandmother, while animal control officers took her to the dogs, the researchers added.