COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Police arrested a mother who they said overdosed in a gas station bathroom while her 1-year-old child was with her.
Authorities said Deasa Smith, 25, entered the Circle K gas station on 2481 Petzinger Road at about 10:30pm Wednesday. Later, medics were called to the scene after someone called 911 to report a person overdosed.
Authorities charged Smith with child endangering.
The probable cause affidavit states “authorities located her purse which had a capped unused needle and burnt spoon…..officers immediately recognized to be used to inject heroin,” the court document stated. Also in the documents, authorities stated that Smith’s boyfriend was also inside of the gas station, but appeared to be high on drugs too. Authorities said they had no choice but to take Smith’s child into protective custody.
NBC4 spoke with two women that identified themselves as Smith’s sisters. They said they are aware that Smith has a problem with heroin, and her family has been trying repeatedly to get her the help she needs.