Police: Baby found in car with mom who was high on heroin

Courtney Welch. Austin Police Department
Courtney Welch. Austin Police Department

A woman who passed out in her vehicle due to suspected heroin use also had her baby in the car with her, according to court documents.

Austin police said they originally received a call on Feb. 13 to check on a running car with a baby in the back seat in the parking lot of a strip center on US Highway 183 and Fairfield Drive.

When officers arrived, they found an unconscious woman, Courtney Welch, 21, sitting in the driver seat and the 1-year-old baby girl strapped to a car seat and crying. Officers tried to wake Welch by hitting the window and the car but she was still unresponsive. The Austin Fire Department had to force open the car’s door.

Inside the car, police found a syringe containing a brown substance on Welch’s stomach.

While on the way to the hospital, Welch admitted to a paramedic that “she did heroin today and regularly uses it,” according to the arrest affdavit.

Welch is in the Travis County Jail charged with possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated.

The child is currently in the care of Child Protective Services.

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