Florida Woman Smokes Heroin And Falls Asleep, Child In Her Care Has To Be Revived To Prevent Overdose

A Florida woman who smoked heroin and fell asleep in her living room — and a young child in her care got into her narcotics and had to be revived with Narcan to prevent an overdose, an arrest affidavit said.

Ashlee Roush, 30, remains at the Brevard County Jail Complex on $3,500 bond. She was arrested at Rockledge Regional Medical Center and charged with felony child abuse. 

The incident occurred at an Evergreen Drive home, just southwest of the intersection of U.S. 1 and Camp Road.

Roush put the child to bed in an unsecured crib, then returned to the living room and smoked heroin using a straw and tin foil, the affidavit said. 

After she woke up, Roush found the child “in a very sleepy state” with labored breathing — and her straw was on the ground, within the child’s reach. She tried to wake up the child, without success. Then she pleaded with a witness not to call 911, the affidavit said.

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Brevard County Fire Rescue personnel responded to the scene. A deputy administered Narcan nasal spray on the child, who became responsive.

During the arrest, deputies found an empty ziplock baggie in Roush’s bra. The baggie tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit said.

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