LAWRENCE, Massachusetts — Authorities said a New Hampshire mother who allegedly overdosed and collapsed to the floor while shopping with her 2-year-old daughter in a Massachusetts Family Dollar store faces a charge of child endangerment. The incident occurred in the store’s toy aisle, and other customers recorded it.
The Essex County District Attorney’s office says Mandy McGowan, of Salem, New Hampshire, was arraigned on the charge on Monday. She was placed on probation and was ordered to continue drug treatment until her case is resolved.
Police released video in September that showed McGowan sprawled in an aisle of a Family Dollar store in Lawrence and her daughter desperately trying to wake her up. The heartbreaking video was just the latest example of the huge impact opioids can have on families.
The child was taken into state custody.
McGowan’s attorney said that his client was 67 days into a drug treatment program.
First responders needed to use two doses of Narcan to revive the woman, who also had straws and baggies with drug residue in her purse. It’s believed she overdosed on either an oral form of heroin or a narcotic like fentanyl.