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Mother Suspected of Heroin Nod Has Daughter Taken Away

After a video of a child trying to wake her mother from an alleged heroin-induced stupor went viral, authorities located and removed the child from her mother's home.

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By Bryan Le

03/13/14

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The child who inadvertently starred in a viral video showing her trying to wake her mother from an alleged drug-induced stupor on a Philadelphia public bus has been taken away by the city's Department of Human Services.

Officials viewing the video believe the mother is doing what is known as the "heroin nod," an alternately wakeful and drowsy state that embodies heroin's hazy euphoria, while her daughter held her mother's head up and urged her to wake up. The people on the bus passed by or sat there either unaware or unwilling to do anything about the situation unfolding in front of them, but one passenger at least took a video that sparked public outrage on Facebook that later spurred authorities into action. 

"When you have a person doing the 'heroin nod' and a little girl is trying to hold her head up, that's horrifying," said Tom Nestel, chief of police for the Philadelphia-area public transit system SEPTA. "There's very little reason why 15 calls to 911 weren't received. I don't think there's anyone who can watch that and say, 'Ah, that's a shame,' and just walk away."

Official inquiry eventually led to the daughter's removal from the home and she was placed in the care of her godparents.

"I F*CKING HOPE ALL YOU SKUMBAGS OUT THERE ARE F*CKING HAPPY," the woman believed to be her mother wrote on Facebook. "I JUST LOST THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD TO ME ALL BECAUSE PPL THINK BEFORE THEY OPEN THERE MOUTHS!"

Because she was not charged with a crime for the incident, the woman's name has not been released. But criminal records show that she has a criminal history of theft, disorderly conduct, and promoting prostitution in a house of corrections.

See the sad scene for yourself below:

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