Mandy Schlef was high on heroin at the time she crashed into the median on I-55 just outside of St. Louis.
The 35-year-old was found by police passed out behind the wheel and, disturbingly, the needle was still in her arm, a spoon and mirror were on her lap, and her 3-year-old child was in the back set of the car.
Now, she’s paying for her crime.
But first, the background:
When St. Louis Police found Schlef’s wrecked car, her eyes were closed and authorities saw a spoon and mirror on her lap, in addition to the syringe in her arm, according to a report in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
A paramedic gave Schlef the drug naloxone, a heroine antidote, to reverse the overdose, the newspaper reported.
Luckily, the baby in the bask seat was injured.
But it wasn’t the first time Schelf faced issues with caring for her children. The newspaper reported that in 2009, she pleaded guilty of two counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, and was put on probation for three years and underwent drug treatment and parenting classes.
Schlef faced serious charges, including endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and driving while under the influence of a drug/ But,she pleaded guilty in the case and was ordered to participate in a diversion program. Her next status hearing is in July, which will coincide with a year in the program.
There’s no word on whether the children are still with her.