Jessica Harvey Passed Out Drunk While Infant Kids Started Eating Random Pills, Cops Say

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A Phoenix woman who stepped outside of her apartment to have a smoke Tuesday evening found her neighbor's infant children sitting outside and eating pills -- both prescription and over-the-counter -- from six different bottles, police say.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, the woman ran into the apartment next door and found the kids' mother, 36-year-old Jessica Harvey, passed out on the floor between the bathroom and the hallway.

The witness took the kids and called police, telling officers that the kids were taking the pills from a box containing the pill bottles, none of which had a lid.

No one saw which pills the infants ingested, but court documents say they included aspirin, Benadryl, amoxicillin, naproxen, and Elmiron.

Both kids were hospitalized, and one had his stomach pumped due to a life-threatening dose of aspirin.

"[The boy's] life expectancy is unknown at this time," a probable-cause statement says.

Meanwhile, Harvey was still passed out when the cops showed up to the apartment, located near 19th and Peoria avenues. They dragged her to the living room, as she was "unresponsive but breathing."

She was treated by firefighters and finally woke up, "mumbling words and not making sense," according to the documents.

A "large amount" of garbage, old food, and bugs was found in the apartment, records state, making the place unsafe even before mom passed out and let the kids have a free-for-all with the pills.

Harvey eventually managed to verbalize whole sentences after being put in a holding cell at a police substation, telling police that she had been "drinking all day and was unsure of what other items she had ingested during the day," the documents state.

The children were still being evaluated at a Phoenix hospital by the time the initial report was submitted to the court. Harvey faces two counts each of child abuse and endangerment.

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8 comments
logicman
logicman

she will pop out at least two more kids after this to add to our world

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

For those of you who love to cite badly skewed statistics, consider that in nearly every case in which a single parent is found to be raising kids in a dangerous environment, it's a woman, and not a man.  Clearly these facts tell us that women can't be trusted to take care of kids, right?


rdchryl
rdchryl

@valleynative No you idiot!  Men have abandoned the women to be both mother and father!  It is a really tough job and some women combined with possible abuse when they were children cannot be both mother and father.  It is a tough job under the best of circumstance.  That was a really ignorant statement!  More women do a great job than don't do a good job so how is that for your stupid thoughts! 

logicman
logicman

@valleynative Doesn't the mom typically get the kids?  Your stat is like saying every shark attack occurs in water.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@rdchryl @valleynative  Thanks for playing.  I was giving an example of BAD statistical analysis.  You might want to reconsider calling others "idiot" and "stupid".


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@logicman @valleynative  Exactly my point.  Many of the statistics cited in support or opposition to controversial topics like gun control, abortion, immigration, etc actually suffer from the same effect, just not as obviously.

For example, a current article cites our high rate of gun death, but Arizona also has a high suicide rate (old people in poor health, foreclosures, "I thought moving to Arizona would make my life better", etc), which skews that figure.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@teknik The fact that men leave is what skews the statistic, which was exactly my point.

Many people are against abortion because they have chosen to believe what their church tells them, even when it conflicts with scientific evidence.  They believe that an undifferentiated mass of cells has a magical attribute called a "soul" and must be protected as if it were a person.

teknik
teknik

because men leave once the pregnancy occurs.

why are so many people against abortion?

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