Two mothers are facing child-neglect charges after Boynton Beach police found them overdosed on heroin with their two infant children in the car, according to a police spokeswoman.
Kristen Leigh O’Connor of Coral Springs spent Thursday night in the Palm Beach County Jail before being released Friday afternoon after posting a $4,500 bond. June Ann Schweinhart of suburban Greenacres remained jailed as of Friday afternoon and was being held in lieu of $3,000 bail.
The babies, ages 1 month and 2 months, were brought to the police department and were turned over to family members after the Florida Department of Children and Families was notified.
Police found O’Connor, 27, and Schweinhart, 28, overdosed inside a 2006 Ford Expedition on the 500 block of East Woolbright Road, just west of Federal Highway, at about 1 p.m. Thursday, according to an arrest report.
The women were taken to Bethesda Hospital East, where O’Connor told police she and Schweinhart knew each other from a drug-treatment program and decided to “hang out” on Thursday, the report said. O’Connor said the women became close friends because of their babies — which were born four days apart — had the same due date.
On Thursday, the women bought $60 of heroin from O’Connor’s drug dealer and snorted it inside a parking garage on South Federal just north of Woolbright Road, with the infants inside the vehicle, the report said.
O’Connor told police she allowed Schweinhart to drive her vehicle because she thought her friend could operate the SUV better under the influence of heroin.
Shortly after leaving the parking garage, O’Connor began to shake and became unresponsive.
“Oh my God, oh my God,” O’Connor said she heard Schweinhart say before losing consciousness.
The children were properly strapped into their car seats in the vehicle’s rear seat when police found them, according to the report.
During a court appearance Friday, a judge ruled that O’Connor can see her child only while her mother is present. Schweinhart was ordered to undergo drug testing at least once a week and can have contact with the child only with another adult present.
The women were each told not to have any communication with each other.
Child neglect is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.