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Good samaritans rescue Ohio infant from hot car after parents suffer heroin overdose

August 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Good samaritans rescue Ohio infant from hot car after parents suffer heroin overdose

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An Ohio couple saved an infant from a scorching vehicle as her parents were sprawled out on the ground from an alleged heroin overdose.

Eric Asher, 43, told “Inside Edition” that he and his fiancée raced to the infant’s rescue when they stumbled upon the scene — which was shown in disturbing pictures he posted on Facebook — in a parking lot in Canton on Friday.

“We were driving and I looked to my right, and I saw the male and female laying on the ground,” Asher said. “We saw that they were purple.”

Once the couple noticed that a baby was in the back seat, they “busted [the] baby out,” Asher said on Facebook.

“The child was covered in sweat,” he said in an interview with “Inside Edition.” “We gave the baby some water. That was our priority.”

A woman (above) rushed to rescue the child after her parents suffered an apparent overdose. Facebook

Another witness quickly dialed 911. Both parents have been charged with child endangerment and posted bond for their release.

A spokesperson with the Stark County Sheriff’s office verified that her office handled the incident, but did not reveal additional information on the case, which remains “under review.”

The baby’s mother contacted Asher to thank him for saving their child, he said.

“They said they were clean for two years and got off the government medication and got sick,” Asher added. “When they relapsed, it had a greater effect.”

Another relative now has custody of the child.

Meanwhile, the Facebook post went viral, with roughly 52,000 likes and 81,000 shares. However, he told the TV program that he’s gotten his share of negative criticism.

The little girl’s mother later called Asher to thank the good samaritans for saving their daughter (Facebook)

“The reason we posted that picture was to bring awareness,” Asher said. “I have family and friends dying as everybody does over this epidemic. We wanted people to be aware of what was going on. We did not expect it to go viral.”

Three days later, he announced that he was raising money for the organization Facing Addiction with NCADD.

The episode was similar to a viral image of Erika Hurt in Indiana back in 2016, who was slumped behind the wheel in a Dollar General parking lot after she suffered a heroin overdose while her 10-month-old, Parker, cried in the back.

One year later, Hurt reposted the viral photo on Facebook — along with a picture of herself with her son. She said the earlier photo described “the worst moment of my life” — but it eventually helped her turn her life around.

“Today, I can focus on the good that came from that picture,” she said. “I am a mother to my son, again. I am grateful to have solid proof where addiction will only lead you, and today I can say that I am ONE YEAR SOBER.”

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