BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Two South Florida women were arrested Thursday after they were found overdosing on heroin inside an SUV while their two babies were in the backseat, authorities said.
According to an arrest report, Kristen O'Connor, 27, of Coral Springs, and June Schweinhart, 28, of Lake Worth, were found unconscious inside a 2006 Ford Expedition on East Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach.
Police said the women's children, a 1-month-old baby and a 2-month-old baby, were found properly strapped in their car seats in the backseat of the vehicle.
Both women were taken to Bethesda Hospital East.
Detectives spoke to the women at the hospital and said O'Connor stated that she met Schweinhart at a drug treatment program.
She said she picked up Schweinhart earlier that day to hang out, the report said.
Police said O'Connor said that the women had the same due date when they were pregnant, which brought them closer as friends.
O'Connor said the friends were having a conversation about her old drug dealer asking her whether she needed any drugs, so they decided to get some heroin from him, authorities said.
Police said O'Connor purchased about $60 worth of heroin and the women snorted some of the heroin inside the vehicle in the presence of their children.
According to the arrest report, O'Connor allowed Schweinhart to drive after they snorted the heroin because she thought Scheweinhart would be able to drive better under the influence of the drug.
Police said O'Connor started shaking and became unresponsive after they left the parking garage where they snorted the drugs and remembered Scheweinhart yelling, "Oh my God. Oh my God."
She said she awake to Boyton Beach Fire Rescue personnel around her.
Police said Scheweinhart described the same sequence of events to detectives.
Both women were arrested on child neglect charges.
Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said the infants were taken to the police department, where the Department of Children and Families responded as well.
She said the infants were ultimately released to relatives.