Couple Overdoses On Heroin While 3-Year-Old Sits In Car

| by Sarah Zimmerman
Steven and Christine McCullenSteven and Christine McCullen

Another couple was found passed out in a car, overdosed on heroin with a young child in the back seat.

In Goldsboro, North Carolina, Steven and Christine McCullen, ages 27 and 26, were found in a McDonald's parking lot unconscious in their car with a 3-year-old in the back seat, according to the Daily Mail. 

A McDonald's employee called 911 after noticing the car was parked for more than three hours and that the people inside were unresponsive as she banged on the windows. 

"I think something's really wrong 'cause we start just tapping on the window," said employee Brianna Finchum to a 911 dispatcher. "The girl in the passenger's seat -- she looked up -- and then she like nodded right back down."

The couple was rushed to the hospital and just barely saved from a lethal overdose. Emergency responders reportedly found several syringes and packets of heroin inside the car.

The McCullens are now both in jail, awaiting trial for charges of child abuse, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Steven faces additional charges of driving under the influence. The child was taken by child protective services.

This news comes less than a week after a viral photo showed an Ohio couple high on heroin with a toddler in the back seat. The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted the graphic image to its Facebook page to illustrate the devastating effects of heroin both on the users and on their children, according to KCRA.

"We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug," reads the photo's caption. "We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess. This child can't speak for himself but we are hopeful his story can convince another user to think twice about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody." 

The couple involved in the Ohio incident are also in jail, awaiting trial for charges of child endangerment and public intoxication. The 4-year-old in the photo is now living with his great aunt and uncle in South Carolina, according to NBC News.

Sources: Daily Mail, KCRA, NBC News / Photo credit: Goldsboro Police Department via Daily Mail

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