A Pennsylvania mother was arrested after she was discovered passed out in the front seat of her car after police believe she took heroin with her one-year-old son in the back seat.
A police officer reportedly found Alyssa Bazala “in a daze” in her car at a gas station in McKeesport with the engine still running. Officers said that after they knocked on the windows, the 25-year-old seemed disoriented and took a full minute to open the car door.
Officers saw that Bazala was holding a bag, which she told them had “nothing good” inside. Police opened the bag to find several empty bags of heroin and a needle. They also recovered five empty heroin bags from the baby’s diaper bag and ten full bags from her hoodie pocket, according to WPXI.
After the incident, authorities arrested Bazala and took the infant to the hospital to ensure that he was unharmed. The boy is now being taken care of by his grandmother.
The case bears similarities to another recent story. Police in East Liverpool, Ohio found two adults, who investigators believe were on heroin, unconscious in the front seat of a car with a four-year-old boy sitting in the back seat.
The driver, James Acord, had almost slammed into a school bus that was dropping children off. EMS were able to treat Acord and his female passenger, Rhonda Hasek, with Narcan, a drug used to treat those who have overdosed, according to KTLA.
The child was taken into custody by children’s services.
The city of East Liverpool posted pictures of the incident to Facebook, saying that authorities wanted to show “the dark side” of the drug, apologizing if the images offended users.
“The poison known as heroin has taken a strong grip on many communities not just ours, the difference is we are willing to fight this problem until it’s gone and if that means we offend a few people along the way we are prepared to deal with that,” said the post.
Sources: Daily Mail, WPXI, KTLA / Photo Credit: McKeesport Police Department via Daily Mail