Sep 23, 2016 12:40 PM

Little girl in state custody after NH mom seen overdosing in dollar store

SALEM – The little girl seen trying to wake her mother who was overdosing in a toy store aisle is in state custody.

Mandy McGowan, 36 of Salem, is seen overdosed and limp on a store floor while her toddler attempts to wake her.

READ: Video shows toddler tries to wake overdosed mom in New England Family Dollar

Lawrence, Massachusetts police said the woman was revived with two doses of Narcan. Bystanders called 911 after finding her passed out in the toy aisle of Family Dollar.

The woman’s toddler can be heard crying, trying to wake her mother. Eventually, a man comforts the girl, who is wearing pajamas.

UPDATE: Mom seen overdosing in dollar store ID'd as NH woman, to face charges

The N.H. Department of Children and Families said 2-year-old daughter was taken into "emergency custody," according to the Eagle Tribune.

The video has been seen thousands of times and many people have commented on social media. Some wonder why the person taking the video isn’t comforting the child, others said the video should not have been shared online.

Police said they shared the video not to shame the woman, but to show the devastating effects of the drug crisis and to give people a view into what first responders see on a daily basis.


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