Mother ODs in vehicle

HOPE — A mother was revived after a suspected heroin overdose over the weekend with her toddler son sitting next to her in a parked vehicle.

Erika P. Hurt, 25, 446 High St., Hope, was arrested on charges of neglect of a dependent and possession of paraphernalia.

After driving to a Hope business, Hurt sat inside the vehicle with her 10-month-old son, said Matt Tallent, Hope town marshal.

The marshal said Hurt was discovered holding a syringe in her left hand when emergency units arrived shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday.

Although the woman was unresponsive and not breathing, Hurt was revived with two doses of the opioid antidote naloxone, Tallent said.

She was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment, while the child was turned over to the custody of his grandmother, who later arrived at the scene, the marshal said.

Since Hurt was on probation, jail officials have complied with Bartholomew County Community Corrections officials who recommended that she be held without bond, Tallent said.

On Aug. 19, 2014, Hurt received a suspended 4½-year sentence after pleading guilty to theft from a Columbus department store as a Class D felony in Bartholomew Superior Court 1, court records state. That same day, she also received a 1½-year sentence for the same offense in a separate case involving a local restaurant, records state. The two sentences were to be served concurrently, court records state.

This is the second apparent heroin overdose this year in Hope, Tallent said. Both victims were revived, he said.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.