Mother Accused of Using Heroin in Car while Children Were in Back Seat

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A couple from Kentucky is in trouble after police say they brought two small children along on a drug buy.

Paul Coleman was sitting outside his home at Marcum Terrace in Huntington on Thursday night when he saw the driver of a car trying to resuscitate a passenger.

"He had the foot on the gas, and he was trying to give her CPR and jerking on her at the same time,” Coleman said, “and the car was moving forward and stuff like that. We were hollering, ‘Put the car in park, put the car in park, idiot!’ "

Coleman says the car pulled over in front of a grocery store on Olive Street.

Police say the driver, 19-year-old Dustin McWhorter, and the passenger, 29-year-old Jennifer Farris, are from Ashland and had just bought heroin in the area and injected it while they were in the car.

Police say when they arrived, they found several used syringes and drug paraphernalia.

Farris's two children, a 1-year-old and a 6-year old, were in the back seat.

"In my opinion, I think people like that shouldn't have kids,” Coleman said. “If they've got kids, they should never get them back."

Those children were taken in by CPS.

Farris and McWhorter are in the Western Regional Jail on child neglect creating risk of injury charges.

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