Grandmother overdoses on heroin with infant in backseat, police say

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An Ohio grandmother is charged with child endangerment after she was found passed out in her truck with her 8-month-old grandson in the backseat. (WLS)

An Ohio grandmother was charged with child endangerment after police said she overdosed on heroin in her truck with her 8-month-old grandson in the backseat.

Debra Hyde, 56, was left in tears after seeing pictures of emergency crews rescuing her grandson from her locked pickup truck. A rescue team revived Hyde after police said she overdosed on heroin while she was behind the wheel.

"I feel so bad for the boy's parents. I wasn't thinking," Hyde told WEWS.

Crews had to break out two windows to get Hyde and her grandson from the truck.

The truck was still running and in gear in front of a large wall of propane tanks.

Hyde said she was severely depressed over the recent loss of her husband and that it was the first time she had tried heroin.

"What compelled you to take it at that moment parked in that gas station?" the reporter asked.

"I don't know, sir. I don't know. I wish I could answer that," Hyde said.

"The responders came so quick they are the true heroes," witness Raylene Crofts said.

Crofts noticed Hyde unconscious in her truck and dialed 911.

"God bless that she did take the time and noticed that something was wrong," Hyde said.

Crofts was stunned to learn Hyde had already been released from jail.

"She's an adult, she can care for herself and make her own choices. That baby could not. I do think if the child is involved the punishment should be stricter for sure," Crofts said.

Hyde credited Crofts with saving her life and issued this warning about heroin.

"One time. Do you want to take that chance? No. It's not worth it. It's not worth it. It doesn't solve your problems. It's just gonna make loved ones hurt in the end," Hyde said.

The baby was placed in the custody of children services. Police said Hyde faces a $1,000 fine, a child endangering charge and court-ordered counseling.

More charges could be on the way.

If the story sounds familiar, that's because there was a similar case also out of Ohio in early September. Police in the city of East Liverpool posted a photo to Facebook showing a man and woman passed out in a car with a child in the backseat.

Authorities said the woman was the 4-year-old boy's grandmother.

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