(CNN) – An Ohio grandmother faces child endangerment charges after she was found passed out in her truck with her eight-month-old grandson in the backseat. The woman spoke to Joe Pagonakis about the incident.
Debra Hyde, Grandmother “I feel so bad for the boy’s parents, I wasn’t thinking.”
56 year old Debra Hyde of Elyria left in tears after what happened here at this Lowell street gas station. Pictures of emergency crews rescuing her eight month old grandson from her locked pickup truck.
A rescue team reviving her after police say she overdosed on heroin while she was behind the wheel. Crews on the scene had to break out two windows to get Hyde and her grandson from the truck which was still running and in drive in front of this large wall of propane tanks.
Hyde told me she was severely depressed over the recent loss of her husband and that it was the first time she had taken a heroin.
What compelled you to take it at that moment parked in that gas station?
Debra Hyde, “I don’t know sir I don’t know I wish I could answer that.”
Raylene Crofts, Witness said, “The responders came so quick they are the true heroes.”
It was Raylene crofts who noticed Hyde unconscious in her truck and dialed 911. Crofts was stunned to learn hyde had already been released from jail.
Raylene Crofts, “She’s an adult she can care for self and make her own choices that baby could not. I do think if the child is involved the punishment should be stricter for sure.”
Debra Hyde, “God bless that she did take the time and noticed that something was wrong.”
Hyde credited crofts with saving her life and issued this warning about heroin.
Debra Hyde, “One time do you want to take that chance, no it’s not worth it, it’s not worth it. It doesn’t solve your problems it’s just gonna make loved ones hurt in the end.”
The baby is now in the custody of children services. Police say the grandmother faces a one-thousand-dollar fine, a child endangering charge and court ordered counseling. More charges could be on the way.
If this story sounds familiar. That’s because it’s very similar to a recent case also out of Ohio. Police in the city of East Liverpool posted a photo to Facebook showing a man and woman passed out in a car with a child in the backseat.
The woman was the four-year-old boy’s grandmother.