Two South Florida mothers are accused of overdosing on heroin in a car while their two newborns sat in the backseat.
The Miami Herald reported that June Ann Schweinhart, 28, and Kristen O’Connor, 27, (pictured left and right) allegedly became friends in rehab because their due dates were close together. On Thursday, the pair reportedly bought $60 worth of heroin and snorted it—all while their 1- and 2-month-old children sat in O’Connor’s car, according to WPTV.
O’Connor allegedly instructed Schweinhart to operate her Ford Expedition, as she “could drive better under the influence of heroin.” However, after leaving the parking garage, O’Connor supposedly began convulsing and lost consciousness.
“Oh my God! oh my God!” Schweinhart reportedly yelled moments before O’Connor passed out.
Schweinhart called 911 and a passerby who stumbled on the scene also spoke with a dispatcher during Thursday’s ordeal.
The two women were arrested and charged with child neglect. The Boynton Beach Police Department posted photos to Facebook showing officers cradling the two babies. WPBF reported that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) turned the infants over to other family members.
“This is an incredibly tragic situation and ultimately, the ones most affected by this are those innocent, beautiful babies.”
“We hope this serves as a wake-up call for these moms, and that they seek further treatment for their addiction. We sincerely wish them all the best,” the police department wrote.
On Friday, a judge ruled that O’Connor can only see her baby if the infant’s grandmother is also present. Schweinhart is ordered to take weekly drug tests and can only be with her baby if another adult is in the room, according to the Herald.
The Sun Sentinel noted that it’s unclear where Schweinhart and O’Connor went to rehab, when they were released, and whether they were undergoing treatment when they allegedly overdosed.
O’Connor was released on a $4,500 bond while Schweinhart is still being held on a $3,000 bond.
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Posted by Boynton Beach Police Department on Friday, October 6, 2017
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