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“It’s very disturbing to see someone obviously in the matter of addiction where it overtakes someone where they’re not able to take care of their child, leaves their child vulnerable,” said Lawrence police Chief James Fitzpatrick.
Police said while they wish the person taking the video had helped the frantic child, the clip is evidence for a child endangerment charge. Combined with drug paraphernalia found in the woman’s bag, straws and baggies with drug residue, they believe she had overdosed on an oral version of heroin or an opiate-based narcotic like fentanyl.
Police said they hope sharing this video will alert people to the horrific consequences of drug use. They said it's something not seen by the public every day, but ever present to first responders. Fitzpatrick estimates that children are present in about 10 percent of drug situations they respond to.
“They can see firsthand the power of the narcotic and fentanyl. She’s lucky to be alive and you see someone in the throes of addiction like that, and what they’re willing to sacrifice," said Fitzpatrick.
Police said no other children are in the care of that woman, and they expect her to be charged by the end of the week.
This video will pull at your heart. Posted by FOX25 News on Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Police want you to see this and hope it will alert people to the consequences of using heroin: fox25.com/2cn1hLG