Mothers expected in drug court after overdosing with babies in car
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Two local mothers are expected in Palm Beach County drug court Thursday afternoon, after they were found unconscious from apparent heroin overdoses with their infants inside the SUV.
Boynton Beach Police released body camera footage that showed their response to the scene.
In that video you can see one of the officers try to soothe the screaming babies, one and two months old, as they were strapped in their car seats.
“It’s okay, it’s okay,” the officer says softly while placing a pacifier inside the baby’s mouth.
You can also hear one of the paramedics tell the officer they administered Narcan, the overdose reversal drug.
Kristin O’Connor, 27, and June Schweinhart, 28, were charged with child neglect, a third degree felony offense that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Police say the pair told them they became friends after spending time in the same drug treatment center and bonded over their pregnancies.
The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified and the babies are now safe with family members.
The women are not allowed to have contact with one another and can only see their babies with another adult present.
Palm Beach County Drug Court is not intended to establish guilt or innocence but instead provide a judicially-supervised drug treatment program through services like counseling and random drug testing.
Their hearing is set for 1:00 p.m. Thursday.