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Woman charged with child neglect after overdosing while children were home



Police issued an arrest warrant for child neglect against a 29-year-old woman after overdosing on heroin Monday night while her two young children were home, Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo said.

Police responded to 4209 W. Lilac Lane, a residence in Heatherwood Mobile Home Community on the west side, at 7:48 p.m. Monday after a call from a neighbor.

After finding his mother unresponsive, the woman’s 6-year-old son walked to the neighbor’s residence, Pedigo said.

“My mom isn’t waking up,” the 6-year-old told the neighbor.

The neighbor walked over to the woman’s residence to find her laying on a couch in fetal position. Her lips were blue, and the neighbor wasn’t sure if she was breathing.

Officers arrived to find the woman non-responsive but still breathing. The overdose-reversing drug Narcan was administered at the scene before the woman was transferred to IU Health Hospital.

Once responsive, the woman told police she’s a recovering heroin addict who was clean for nine months. She had relapsed days before. Pedigo said her two children, the 6-year-old and an infant younger than 1, were at home when the woman snorted an unknown amount of heroin and overdosed.

The Department of Child Services was notified and also responded to the scene. The father of the 6-year-old has full custody but was letting the boy visit his mother. The infant, who has a different father, was released to the woman’s mother.

The woman is currently recovering at IU Health, and the arrest warrant is still active.

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