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Mother Overdoses After Snorting Heroin with Baby in Car, Prosecutors Say

By Nicholas Rizzi | February 6, 2017 2:20pm

ARDEN HEIGHTS — A woman overdosed after snorting heroin in her car as her baby son sat in the back seat, prosecutors said.

Police found Katelyn Cox, 24, of Sayreville, New Jersey, unconscious in her vehicle in the shopping plaza at 1307 Arthur Kill Road in Staten Island on Saturday with her 3-month-old son in the back seat, according to her criminal complaint.

Cox was revived with the anti-OD drug naloxone by officers at 8:15 p.m. and took her and her son to Staten Island University Hospital South.

She admitted to police that she drove while high on heroin and said she got the drugs from her friend, prosecutors said.

"I snorted a line of heroin that I got from my friend," Cox told police, according to court papers.

Cox was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and endangering the welfare of a child at her Sunday arraignment, the Staten Island District Attorney's office said.

Her bail was set at $2,500.

Contact information for her lawyer was not immediately available.