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Hillsborough deputies: Two children rescued from car after driver and passenger passed out

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Published Jul. 9

Two children were rescued from the back of a car Sunday after two adults in the front were discovered passed out, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded about 3 p.m. to a 911 call from an observer who noticed two small children trapped in the back of a parked burgundy Ford Escape near Interstate 275 and Bearss Avenue.

Inside, they found driver Scott Moreno, 37, and passenger Shikira Ford, 32, unresponsive. Both were revived with naloxone, a live-saving medication used to halt opioid overdoses, and taken to a local hospital. Narcotics were found inside the vehicle, deputies said.

The two children were uninjured and are now safe. Both adults face child neglect charges and Moreno will also be charged with driving under the influence, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Moreno has been arrested multiple times on drug and domestic violence-related charges. Ford worked as a ride operator at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, according to her Facebook page. Busch Gardens said Ford has not worked there since last month.

"Not only did these two people put children at risk, but they jeopardized the lives of countless other drivers on the road Sunday afternoon with their careless decisions," said Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister. The children are being assisted by the Child Protective Investigations Division and the investigation is ongoing.

Contact Kavitha Surana at ksurana@tampabay.com or 727-893-8149. Follow @ksurana6.

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