It seems like the latest morbid craze on the internet is snapping photos and capturing video of overdoses parents passed out next to their young children. It seems gratuitous, but many of the video uploaders, police departments mainly, say that they are sharing the footage in order to shock people into seeing the horrible effects of irresponsible drug use.
And it doesn't get much more horrible than this.
A 2-year-old child was screaming in the toy aisle of a local Family Dollar, tugging at her overdosed mother's hand in an attempt to stand her up.
Now before you go and start lambasting the person who videotaped the tragic scene before helping the little girl, know that this piece of footage will be used as key evidence in the court case against the girl's mom.
The Salem, New Hampshire woman is being accused of child endangerment. Her daughter is currently in protective Custody with the Department of Children and Families.
Lawrence, Massachusetts police Chief James Fitzpatrick said that although the scene was shocking, it is sadly all too common of an occurrence.
"It’s very disturbing to see someone obviously in the matter of addiction where it overtakes someone where they’re not able to take care of their child, leaves their child vulnerable."
Police mentioned they wished the bystander helped the child but said that the mother's drug paraphernalia, along with the footage, will assist in placing the child in a safer home.
Authorities believe that the girl's mother overdosed on an opiate, possibly fentanyl or an oral version of heroin.
What's even sadder is that in the majority of these overdose cases, children are present about 10 percent of the time, Lawrence officers said.
"They can see firsthand the power of the narcotic and fentanyl. She’s lucky to be alive and you see someone in the throes of addiction like that, and what they’re willing to sacrifice."
Hopefully, this girl can be put in a better situation and her mom can clean up her act. (h/t wpxi)