Couple overdoses on opioids in front of 2-year-old girl


NEW YORK – A 2-year-old girl was left to fend for herself after the people responsible for watching her overdosed on opioids and passed out right in front of her.

Around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, authorities were called to Grove St. near Irving Ave., in Bushwick, after Andrea Ortiz was found slumped in the street, unconscious from an overdose.

Ortiz was saved by medics who used Naloxone to revive her, then taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Once she awoke, the 28-year-old told police that her daughter, Zolla, was missing.

Officials rushed to her apartment, where they found Zolla, unharmed, and 46-year-old Saturino Arriaga-Ramirez who was also rendered unconscious from an overdose.

Arriaga-Ramirez was immediately administered Naloxone and revived. Police say both he and Ortiz were charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The city’s Administration for Children’s Services is investigating the incident.

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