Ohio mom overdoses on heroin with her four children in vehicle
(WCPO.COM) HARRISON, Ohio – Four children watched their mother overdose in a Speedway gas station parking lot on Sunday, according to Hamilton County Municipal Court documents.
Lacie M. Sexton, 26, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana was arrested on four counts of child endangerment by Harrison police after paramedics found her unconscious in the driver’s seat of a parked car at 10915 New Haven Road, the documents state.
According to Harrison Police records, Sexton admitted to officers that she had snorted heroin in an unnamed friend’s car in the parking lot before getting back into her car, where her kids were waiting.
The children, all under ten, were in the car with their mother when the incident happened. Paramedics had to give Sexton, Narcan, the anti-opiate overdose drug, to revive her.
She told police that, after snorting the heroin, she didn’t remember anything until waking up from the Narcan.
WCPO spoke with the man who dialed 9-1-1 that afternoon, who said Sexton seemed minutes from death.
“She just wasn’t coming to at all,” said Bryan Moore who tried to revive Sexton after calling for an ambulance. “Shaking, slapping, nothing.”
While Moore was tending to Sexton, he noticed how disturbed the children in the back seat seemed, saying they were visibly upset, crying, when he escorted them to another part of the Speedway parking lot while they waited for the ambulance to arrive.
“They were talking about how it was (one of the children’s) birthday, but she was just more upset about her mom.”
The mother was treated and then taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center, where she remains in custody. It was not clear where authorities placed the children.
Sexton appeared in court Tuesday morning, on charges of child endangerment. Her lawyer stated that Sexton had not actually used heroin, but did not specify any other drug.
Sexton is being held on a $25,000 bond.