TAUNTON (CBS) — A New Bedford man and his Taunton girlfriend are facing child endangerment charges for allegedly driving around while high on drugs with their young son in the backseat.
Jeffrey Silva, 30, and Lynette Slocomb, 27, have been charged with reckless endangerment of a child. Authorities say they got high on heroin Friday night and drove around with their 2-year-old boy in an unregistered and uninsured car.
Taunton Police Lt. Paul Roderick says officers found Silva passed out on the front steps of a convenience store on Plain Street, gasping for breath. Officers had to give him Narcan to revive him.
Roderick says it’s a sad sign of the times and a reflection of the opioid crisis that their toddler son was in the car with them.
“It used to be 20 years ago, you went out with your mom and dad, you went for ice cream,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. “You didn’t go out and buy heroin and drive around.”
The boy was not injured and is in the temporary custody of his grandmother. The Department of Children and Family Services has been notified.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports: