Boynton Beach police officers responded to a report of two women overdosing inside a car parked in the 500 block of East Woolbright Road. When they arrived, they found two women overdosing, and two infants strapped into their car seats in the back seat of the vehicle.
The two women, later identified as Kristen Leigh O'Connor, age 27, and June Ann Schweinhart, age 28, had decided to hang out, and had bought heroin for $60 from a drug dealer.
They then went to a parking garage to snort the heroin. Schweinhart called 911 after O'Connor began overdosing, but she, too, began overdosing and having convulsions.
Stephanie Slater, Boynton Beach police spokeswoman, said “Fortunately, there was a Good Samaritan nearby who saw all of this happening and took the phone from her to speak with dispatchers."
Both women had met and became friends at a drug treatment center, while they were pregnant. O'Connor later told police that they had also connected because their babies were due the same day, although they were born four days apart.
O'Connor and Schweinhart were transported to a hospital, where they received treatment.
Both babies were brought back to the police department, where they were 'snuggled' for several hours until family members could be contacted.
In a Facebook post, the Boynton Beach Police Department said, "This is an incredibly tragic situation and ultimately, the ones most affected by this are those innocent, beautiful babies. We hope this serves as a wake-up call for these moms, and that they seek further treatment for their addiction. We sincerely wish them all the best.”
O'Connor and Schweinhart were both charged with child neglect after they were released from the hospital.
O'Connor is under $4,500 bond, and cannot not see her baby unless her mother is present. She has made bail and is pending trial.
Schweinhart is under $3,000 bail. If she makes bail, she can see her baby only if another adult is present. She has not been able to post bond.
The infants were not injured. Family members of both women have taken custody of them.