Police: Parents parked in middle of road, overdosed on heroin with 3 children in SUV


Donnis Smith and Adam Smith

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UPDATE (Sept. 14, 2018)-- Donnis Smith was sentenced to 545 days, with 509 days suspended and 18 days of jail credit, meaning she will serve 18 additional days in jail.

UPDATE (Sept. 21, 2018)-- Adam Smith pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent and was sentenced to two years and 180 days in prison, with two years and 68 days suspended and 56 days of jail credit, meaning he will serve 56 additional days.

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CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. – Two parents were arrested in Carroll County on Friday night after police say they overdosed on heroin in their SUV with their three young children.

Emergency dispatch crews received a report from a passing motorist who saw a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer SUV sitting in the middle of State Road 18 near Carroll County Road 1150W. The caller told police there were two unresponsive adults and three children in the vehicle.

“A passerby indicated that there was a car in the middle of the road,” said Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby.

Emergency crews arrived and determined the adults were suffering from heroin overdoses, so they administered Narcan to them. They transported the adults to a local hospital, where they were treated. They were later turned back over to law enforcement to be jailed. Sheriff Leazenby says he has seen this cycle of abuse in his county repeatedly.

“They will do almost anything to get that fix whether or not they place another person or a child in danger,” said Sheriff Leazenby.

The parents were identified as Adam B. Smith, 31, and his wife Donnis, 29. Both were booked into the Carroll County Jail on preliminary charges of felony neglect of a dependent child.

They’re both being held on $5,000 bond and additional criminal charges are pending.

Their children, ages 4, 6, and 11, were turned over to DCS case managers.

Sheriff Leazenby says his department makes at least a dozen drug arrests each month. The spike in drug cases has led to overcrowding at his jail.

“We have been above capacity for some time,” said Sheriff Leazenby.

Leazenby is pushing for more drug treatment centers but also has some advice for users who want to get clean.

“I’m not in a position where I’m going to tell people how to choose their friends but rethink it…seriously. Who are you hanging out with and who are you with? Maybe some of that is the root of your issues,” said Sheriff Leazenby.

Based on statements made during the arrest of the couple, investigators searched a Carroll County home. There, they arrested 43-year-old Sara Huff on drug charges including dealing meth and cocaine. Investigators say more charges could be filed during this ongoing investigation.

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