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Video shows toddler tugging at mom who overdosed in store

Posted at 2:37 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 17:37:34-04
 
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A disturbing video shows a toddler crying and tugging at her mother after she apparently passed out from a drug overdose and collapsed to the floor of a Massachusetts dollar store.
 
Authorities in Lawrence say the Department of Children and Families took the 2-year-old girl into custody after Sunday's incident.
 
Police released the video on Wednesday. The video shows the mother sprawled in an aisle of a Family Dollar store and her daughter desperately trying to wake her up.
 
Lawrence police Chief James Fitzpatrick calls the incident a "heartbreaking" example of how drug addiction affects families.
 
Fitzpatrick says the mother will be charged with child endangerment. He says officers found residue and paraphernalia consistent with fentanyl (FEHN'-tuh-nihl) or heroin use in her handbag.
 
 
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