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    Woman ODs in Minivan With Child in Back Seat

    Police say a woman overdosed behind the wheel of her minivan while her 4-year-old son was in the back seat in Manchester, New Hampshire.

    (Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018)

    A mother was arrested Tuesday morning in Manchester, New Hampshire, after police say she overdosed behind the wheel of her minivan with her 4-year-old child in the backseat.

    When officers responded to a 911 call, they found the woman and her son passed out in a car on Wilson Street. It was about 85 degrees outside, the windows were rolled up and police say the two had been in the car for more than an hour.

    "It makes me so, so sad," said neighbor Hava Causevic who watched as officers pulled the young boy from the hot car. "The child was very, very weak."

    At the same time, emergency responders used Narcan to save the boy's mother, who they say overdosed on heroin.

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    [NATL] Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    "When they pulled her out of the car, she had a syringe on her lap, as well as two bags of drugs — heroin and cocaine," explained Manchester Police Lt. Brian O'Keefe.

    Now, 34-year-old Sara Donlon is charged with OUI and endangering the welfare of a child.

    NBC10 Boston spoke with a family member who says Donlon is a mother of three boys. She is originally from Dracut, Massachusetts, but has been living in Maine for three years. They knew she'd been taking pain pills, but had no idea it had progressed to this.

    For people who live in the Manchester neighborhood where Donlon was arrested, it's a story they hear all too often.

    "It doesn't surprise me," said Solomon Sanchez.

    Sanchez says he's a parent battling addiction himself.

    Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    [NATL] Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    A Roseville, California, man is in custody after he turned himself in to police in connection to a quadruple homicide.  The body of one of his victims was in the car he drove to the police station in Mount Shasta, more than 200 miles away from the original Roseville crime scene.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    "I understand what that feeling is like," Sanchez said. "It's a desperate, hopeless, awful feeling."

    Patrick Kiley is also a dad and knows what it's like to be addicted to drugs.

    "When you're that far into it, nothing can keep you clean, not even your children," Kiley said.

    Both men are thankful to hear that Donlon and her little boy are OK. They're hopeful this will be the wakeup call she needs.

    "I think she made a big mistake," Sanchez said. "I think if you took drugs out of the equation, I bet she's a wonderful mom."

    Police say the little boy is with his father. Donlon posted bail and will be back in court in June.

    Taco Bell Recalls 2.3 Million Pounds of Ground Beef

    [NATL] Taco Bell Recalls 2.3 Million Pounds of Ground Beef

    Taco Bell has voluntarily recalled 2.3 million pounds of seasoned ground beef that originated at Kenosha Beef International in Columbus, Ohio, because of possible contamination with metal shavings. The USDA says there have been no confirmed reports of any adverse reaction.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

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