Video shows mom overdosing in toy aisle of Lawrence store

LAWRENCE, Mass. — People in Lawrence can't stop talking about a video showing 2-year-old child screaming as her mom lays limp in the toy aisle at a Lawrence store.

In the video, the 2-year-old girl is screaming and tugging at her mother’s limp body Sunday morning at Family Dollar in Lawrence. The person taking the video can be heard describing the mother’s eyes rolling to the back of her head. Soon, first responders arrive. Police said it took two doses of Narcan to revive her.

On FOX25 News at 6, see the video and hear from local police

The video is now a key piece of evidence in charging the Salem, New Hampshire mother with child endangerment. The little girl in the video is in protective custody with the Department of Children and Families.

Police in Lawrence say that while the video is shocking, it is all too common.

“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.

This video will pull at your heart. Police want you to see this and hope it will alert people to the consequences of using heroin:

Posted by Boston 25 News on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Police say 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 say 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 say no other children are in the care of that woman, and they expect her to be charged by the end of the week.

Comments on this article