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Body cam footage of mothers overdosing with babies in their car released

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Palm Beach County, FL – Boynton Beach Police Department released bodycam footage of two mothers who were arrested after overdosing with their newborns in the car.

They went to drug rehab together. They were pregnant together. They hung out together.

And last Thursday, they overdosed on heroin together — with their babies in the back seat.

Paramedics found Kristen O’Connor and June Schweinhart passed out in an SUV in a Bank of America parking lot in Boynton Beach. Behind them, their one- and two-month-old infants strapped into car seats.

It’s a scene police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater described as “incredibly tragic.”

The women were hanging out Thursday when O’Connor, 27, of Coral Springs got a text message from her old drug dealer. “Are you good?” he asked her, checking to see if she wanted any drugs, according to the report.

She and Schweinhart, 28, of Lake Worth, decided they did and, with their babies in the back seat, went and bought $60 worth of heroin, police said.

The two snorted what they described as a small amount of heroins in a parking garage at the One Boynton Condo Complex but shortly after leaving, O’Connor started shaking.

“Oh my God! oh my God!” Schweinhart yelling just before O’Connor passed out, O’Connor told police.

Paramedics found the women inside O’Connor’s 2006 Ford Expedition shortly before 1 p.m. in the bank parking lot at 574 E. Woolbright Road.

O’Connor’s 2-month old son and Schweinhart’s 1-month old daughter were in child seats and properly restrained, police said.

Schweinhart was behind the wheel because O’Connor believed she “could drive better under the influence of heroin,” the report said.

Officers took the two infants and cradled them at the police department while their mothers were taken to Bethesda Hospital East to be treated for overdoses, then booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of child neglect.

Officers took the two infants and cradled them at the police department while their mothers were taken to Bethesda Hospital East to be treated for overdoses, then booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of child neglect.

Both were released from jail Friday after posting bond.

It’s unclear where the women went to rehab, when they got out, and whether they were in any sort of treatment when they overdosed.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Kristen O’Connor, 27, and June Schweinhart, 28, were found unconscious just before 1 p.m. Thursday in an SUV with their infants in the back seat.

Kristen O’Connor, 27, and June Schweinhart, 28, were found unconscious just before 1 p.m. Thursday in an SUV with their infants in the back seat. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

The children were placed in the custody of other family members, Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Paige Patterson-Hughes said.

According to DCF records, the number of allegations of infants being exposed to substances in Palm Beach County in April was 134.

That number jumped to 174 incidents in May but dropped down to 138 in June, the last month of available records. Broward County had 171 allegations in April, 177 in May and 135 in June.

Overdoses with children aren’t that common but officers in Boynton Beach are dealing with drug overdoses on a daily basis, Slater said.

“We want to raise awareness and get people talking about it and let people know that there’s help out there for drug addiction,” she said.

Police will be trying to track down the drug dealer.

“Chief [Jeffrey] Katz said we can’t arrest our way out of the opioid epidemic. Police and the public need to work together because it’s a public health crisis,” Slater said.

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