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Indiana mother overdoses in car with baby in backseat

HOPE, Ind. -- A startling new photo shows an Indiana woman passed out behind the wheel of a car after an apparent heroin overdose with a syringe clutched in her fist.

This is how police found 25-year-old Erika Hurt in a parking lot Saturday in Indiana. What's more disturbing is the fact her infant son was found crying in the backseat.

According to a statement issued by the Hope Police Department, officers gave Hurt two doses of narcan, a drug that is used to reverse a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation. She was then transported to Columbus Regional Hospital.

Upon being released, she was sent to Bartholomew County Jail and charged with violating her probation, possession of paraphernalia, and neglect of a dependent.

"Had this woman not passed out from this and attempted to drive right afterward, she could have (driven) down the road, passed out two minutes later and hit a car with a family in it, killed every one of them," Hope Town Marshal Matthew Tallent said. "That's the thing that's so shocking to me to think about."

Hurt's 10-month-old son now lives with his grandmother, who has been granted guardianship over him by Child Protection Services.

"I think it's a sad situation that this woman has put her child in," Tallent said.

Jami Smith, Hurt's mother, told WXIN that she wished authorities hadn't publicized the photo of her daughter.

"This was a mistake. I do not condone it. Trust me there is nobody that was more angry than me and once she was back up on her feet, before she even went to the hospital she knew how I angry I was," Smith said.