Melbourne woman found passed out in vehicle with child

A woman in Melbourne was arrested on a charge of child neglect.
A woman in Melbourne was arrested on a charge of child neglect. Photo by Brevard County Jail.

MELBOURNE, Florida – Police arrested a woman Tuesday at approximately 1:30 a.m. after she passed out behind the wheel of her car with a child in the backseat, according to the report.

Daniele M. Harthon, 29, was found passed out with a glass pipe sitting on her lap, the report said.

“I observed a female passed out and unresponsive in the driver’s seat. I put the vehicle in park and observed a glass pipe normally used to smoke illegal drugs sitting between her legs. I then looked into the rear seat and discovered a small child,” the officer said.

The child, who was sleeping in a fetal position, was removed from the vehicle and secured with another officer.

Brevard County Fire Rescue arrived on scene and began first aid on Harthon by administering 2 doses of Narcan, a medication commonly used to contradict Heroin overdoses.

After approximately 2 minutes, Harthon regained consciousness and was transported to Medical Regional Hospital.

After she was medically cleared from the hospital, Harthon was arrested on a charge of Child Neglect and transported to the Brevard County Jail for processing.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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