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Child finds mom overdosed in Myrtle Beach home. Now she faces neglect, drug charges

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The community, local and federal agencies gathered at Coastal Carolina University to raise awareness against heroin Thursday evening.
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The community, local and federal agencies gathered at Coastal Carolina University to raise awareness against heroin Thursday evening.

A woman is facing child neglect and drug charges after her 10-year-old daughter allegedly found her overdosed on heroin in a Myrtle Beach home on Monday.

Police charged the 36-year-old mother with unlawful neglect of a child and possession of a Schedule I drug, online records show. The Sun News is not naming the mother to protect the identity of the children.

According to an Horry County police report, when officers arrived at the home around noon, the woman was “alert” and being taken to South Strand Hospital.

A 911 caller told officers the woman was “a heroin user,” explained how she overdosed and said the woman’s daughter found her in the bathroom, the report states.

Police say the child was talking to her mom through the bathroom door but she stopped responding — which is when her daughter took a pair of scissors to open the locked door and found her unconscious on the floor.

“In the bathroom several syringes were in plain view as well as a empty baggie consistent with heroin packaging,” an officer wrote in the report. “On the sink was also a small dish with water and a cotton swab also consistent with heroin usage.”

Officers say the woman’s daughter was “highly upset” and crying when they arrived and asked the 911 caller “if mommy was going to die.”

Coastal Carolina University released a series of PSAs featuring recovering addicts, family members of addicts and county officials who speak about the heroin epidemic along the Grand Strand.

After the woman was cleared from the hospital, authorities arrested her “due to the psychological damage the event potentially caused the child paired with the physical danger of syringes and narcotics in the mother’s possession,” the report explains.

When police searched the woman, they found a small, clear plastic baggie with an off-white powdery substance which they say was consistent with heroin, according to the report.

The woman then allegedly admitted the substance was heroin and belonged to her, police said.

Officers contacted the Department of Social Services and placed the woman’s two children in emergency protective custody.

Michaela Broyles: 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles

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