Police: Greenfield mother arrested after overdosing on heroin in front of daughter’s crib

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. - Authorities in Hancock County arrested a mother accused of overdosing in front of her infant daughter.

Patricia Carter, 29, of Greenfield, was arrested after police were dispatched to her residence on Monday in regards to a drug overdose, likely involving heroin.

“It changes your perspective when it’s someone you love,” Virginia Carter, Patricia’s mother, said.

When police arrived to the residence in the 5300 block of E. 300 S., they were greeted by Virginia Carter.

“I was working, something told me I needed to leave work. I left an hour and a half early,” she said.

Police said when they entered the home they found Patricia slumped over and unconscious on her couch. Her six-week old daughter was allegedly sleeping three feet from her in a crib.

Her mother told police she found Carter like that when she arrived to her home and moved a spoon with grayish residue and foil off of the coffee table in front of her.  She also found a loaded syringe by Patricia.

The officer administrated Narcan to Carter, but she reportedly remained unconscious. Police said medics arrived to the scene and revived Carter.

DCS were called and gave custody of the infant to Virginia Carter, her grandmother.

Police interviewed Patricia at the hospital and she reportedly said she did not remember the incident at the home. Police said she confirmed that she was using heroin and was placed under arrest following her discharge from the hospital.

“As soon as she was revived and she realized what she had done and how devastating it was and how stupid it was and how far it set her back, she was a mess,” Virginia Carter said.

Carter said her daughter loved her baby more than anything and was getting her life back on track after battling addiction for years. She said Patricia had been clean for about a year prior to Monday.

“It was all getting ready to come together for her,” she said.

Carter said she talked to her daughter Thursday. She told her she did not go looking for the drug, and was apologetic.

“That just magnified the real problem out here in Hancock County, it’s everywhere,” Carter said.

“One overdose is a tragedy and anytime that there is young people involved or potentially younger people could be at risk for things, it’s certainly something that we take very seriously,” Hancock County Prosecutor Bret Eaton said.

Eaton said cases like this don’t happen frequently, but that they are filing more narcotics related cases and doing everything they can to keep Hancock County safe.

“It really speaks to the nature and gravity of the situation that we have in east central Indiana regarding narcotics and regarding heroin specifically, and so it’s something obviously we have great concern about,” he said.

Carter was charged with neglect of a dependent, possession of heroin and maintaining a common nuisance.