Miami Police Rescue 2-Month-Old Baby From Alleged Drug-Induced Car Crash

September 13, 2016 Updated: September 13, 2016

Police in Miami, Florida, said they recently rescued a 2-month-old child from a car crash allegedly caused by the mother’s overdosing on heroin.

Miami Police Department spokesperson Lt. Freddie Cruz confirmed to ABC News that officers arrived at the scene of the crash on Monday afternoon, finding two “unconscious and incoherent” adults.

After investigating further, an officer discovered a 2-month-old baby in a car seat in the back of the vehicle, Cruz said.

The child and the mother were taken to a nearby hospital, Cruz added.

“The child appeared to be somewhat awake, but very hot, very sweaty,” Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said in elaborating on the incident, according to Local10.

Miami police, in a statement, said the baby was handed over to “the biological father who was not involved in the incident,” but it later said that the baby will remain in custody with the Florida Department of Children and Families. “A hearing will determine placement” of the child, the department added.

A source with the Miami police department told Local10 that the child’s mother has a history of heroin abuse. The source said police administered a dose of Narcan, an opioid reversal drug.

Like other states across the U.S., Florida has been hard-hit by heroin and synthetic opioid fentanyl in recent years. According to the Orlando Sentinel and ActionNewsJax, there’s been a surge of heroin deaths in both South and North Florida. For example, in Florida’s Broward County, it is estimated that 272 people will die from heroin- or fentantyl-related deaths in 2016, if it continues at the current pace, representing a significant increase from 2015’s figure, when 159 people died. 

“We don’t see it slowing down,” Broward’s Chief Medical Examiner Craig Mallak said, adding that 2015’s death toll is a third higher than 2014. “These are probably very, very conservative numbers. They’re probably going to be a lot higher than this.”