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2 mothers overdose on heroin in car while their newborn babies were in back seat

By Mason White 1:44 PM October 11, 2017
O'Conner and Schweinhart with their babies
O’Conner and Schweinhart with their babies
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) Police saved the lives of two mothers after they overdosed on heroin while their babies were in the back seat, according to police in Florida.

The Boynton Beach Police Department said that they are sharing this story in hopes of preventing it from happening again and prompting anyone addicted to drugs to seek help.

On Thursday, at around 1:00 p.m., officers responded to a call about the two women overdosing inside their car parked in the 500 block of East Woolbright Road.

There were two infant children, a 1-month-old and a 2-month-old, inside the car.

The moms were taken to the Bethesda Hospital East for medical treatment.

They later told officers that they met in a drug treatment program and bonded during their pregnancies.

For whatever reason, they decided to buy heroin and then snorted it while inside the car with their children.

The car was parked in a Bank of America parking lot.

One of them began to overdose, so the other called 911, but then she too started convulsing.

Fortunately, there was a good Samaritan nearby who saw all of this unfolding and took the phone from her to speak with dispatchers.

Officers brought the babies back to the police department, where they were snuggled for several hours.

The Department of Children and Families responded to take custody of the babies, who were eventually turned over to family members.

The moms, identified as Kristen O’Conner, 27, and June Schweinhart, 28, were charged with child neglect.

They were taken to the Palm Beach County Jail after being released from the hospital.

“This is an incredibly tragic situation and ultimately, the ones most affected by this are those innocent, beautiful babies. We hope this serves as a wake-up call for these moms, and that they seek further treatment for their addiction. We sincerely wish them all the best,” the police wrote on Facebook.