Albany mom arrested after police say 13-month-old daughter ingested heroin

June 06, 2018 07:02 PM

A 13-month-old is at Albany Medical Center and her mother is behind bars, after police say the girl ate heroin. Police tell NewsChannel 13 while Carli Donovan was unconscious, her daughter put the bag of drugs in her mouth.

Donovan is being held in the Albany County Jail as the child is treated.


Albany police say they were initially called to St. Peters Hospital just before midnight Tuesday after Donovan regained consciousness and realized what had happened.

Donovan initially took her daughter to the emergency room at St. Peter's, where she was given Narcan. The toddler was then taken to the Albany Medical Center pediatric intensive care unit, where at last check she was in stable condition.

Albany police spokesperson Steve Smith says though Donovan was passed out at the time, there were other people at the house on 3rd Street when it all happened. Donovan was the only person charged though. She's facing reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child charges.

Smith says this isn't the first time Donovan has been charged as a result of her drug use.

"From what I understand, this is the first time that a child has been impacted by her addiction. She has been arrested previously -- not here in Albany, but other parts throughout the state, for possession of controlled substances. But this is just a perfect example of how heroin -- it just doesn't discriminate," Smith pointed out.

Smith did not elaborate on the toddler's injuries or treatment, but again he did say she was in stable condition at Albany Medical Center.

Smith says Child Protective Services was notified, but at this point, it's unclear what will happen with custody of the child if Donovan makes bail.


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