NEW PORT RICHEY — A 30-year-old woman who survived a drug overdose last month has been charged with child neglect.
Keisha Young told authorities that she consumed five 10-milligram Valium pills, one 10-milligram methadone tablet and six Keystone Light beers in less than eight hours on Nov. 28.
Her last memory, she told deputies, was of putting her 1-year-old child in a crib about 10 p.m. Her next memory was more than 13 hours later, after she was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
Young is charged with child neglect for leaving her child unattended for so long, authorities said. The child was not injured, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Young previously relinquished custody of three other children after they each tested positive for drugs when they were born, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said.
Another adult in the apartment, a 42-year-old man, was also found unresponsive at 11 a.m. Nov. 29 and taken to the hospital. Young and the man have recovered.
The woman who found the couple, Alexa Goeringer, 32, was arrested last week on charges that she gave them the prescription medication.
Hospital staffers also found cocaine in Young's system, a report states. Young's explanation to staffers was that she was simply trying to "get high."
Young is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail on $5,000 bail.
The report says Young has a history of drug use and "at least" three of her children have been "removed from her custody because when they were born they each tested positive for cocaine."
Terry Field, spokesman for the Florida Department of Children and Families, could not comment on Young's case, but spoke in general terms on how a parent with such a history could still have custody of a child.
Field said if a mother gives up custody of her children and no longer has any children in her household on the DCF radar, there is no way for the agency to know if she gets pregnant again.
If there are no reported problems with the new child — no calls to the DCF abuse hotline, no reports from doctors or school officials — "we may never know about it," Field said.
Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 869-6229.