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Child helps 'drug addict' mother on Philadelphia city bus


Child helps 'drug addict' mother on Philadelphia city bus

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Mar 9, 2014

An unidentified passenger on Philadelphia's SEPTA bus system recorded an unnerving video of a mother and child and posted it on YouTube. In the video, the child is horrifically seeing bracing her mother's head to keep her from passing out onto the bus floor, as the mother is seated next to the aisle.

This video has prompted Philadelphia Police and the Department of Human Services {DHS)  to investigate.

The mother was allegedly on heroin.

With the addled mother appearing to slip in and out of consciousness, the reportedly 7-year-old girl repeatedly grabs her mother's head—several times putting her face under her mother's and speaking to her—and frequently telling her incoherent mother that her bags are blocking the aisle. One passenger even shockingly pushes the mother out of the way to get past her down the aisle.

Perhaps more shocking that the video itself is the fact that no one on the bus attempted to help the child, or her mother, including the cameraman who shot the video.

DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambros said, “While it is helpful that so many people emailed and called us after viewing the video, there were many people on the bus who witnessed this as it was occurring and took no action at all,” further reported NBC 10. “Child abuse is a community problem, if you see or know that a child is being abused or neglected, you should report it immediately.”

Philadelphia Police Lieutenant John Standord said, "We don't want people to engage because you don't know what's going on here. But we'd prefer you to call 911 or stop the operator of the vehicle," reports NBC 10.

Police found the unidentified woman and brought her in for questioning, yet no official charge has been confirmed. The mother's drug test results remain unconfirmed as well.


Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.