Mom overdoses in driveway

A local woman has been charged with three felony charges of neglect of a dependent after she was found unresponsive in her vehicle after possibly overdosing on heroin.

Officers were sent to the driveway of a home in the 900 block of McClure Road at about 6:10 p.m. Tuesday where they found Christina L. Wilson, 25, 1626 Central Ave., slumped over the steering wheel and not breathing, said officer Justin Black, Columbus Police spokesman.

Officers Chris Strickland and Tony Kummer attempted to revive Wilson, and the officers suspected she had overdosed on heroin, Black said.

Officer Matt Martindale then administered Narcan, an opioid overdose antidote drug, and after a few minutes the woman was revived and transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment, Black said.

Three of Wilson’s children, all under the age of 5, were in car seats in the vehicle unsupervised while Wilson was in an unresponsive state, Black said.

The vehicle was not running, police said.

Police do not know how long the children were unsupervised before someone called police to report Wilson’s vehicle in the driveway.

The Department of Child Services went to the scene and placed the three children in the care of a relative, Black said.

After treatment at the hospital, Wilson was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail where she is being held in lieu of $22,500 bond, jail officials said.

Tuesday’s incident was the second time within a 24-hour period that Columbus Police officers utilized Narcan to save someone, Black said.

At 8:15 p.m. Monday, police were sent to the 3100 block of North National Road on a report of an unresponsive female. Officer Andrew Plank suspected a heroin overdose and administered Narcan to the 39-year-old woman. The woman was revived and was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for further treatment, Black said.

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Columbus Police Department is seeking the public’s help in reporting suspicious or drug-related activity. Tips may be left anonymously at 812-376-2600. In an emergency situation, call 911.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.