Elyria grandmother arrested after alleged heroin incident with baby in car

Heroin epidemic: Grandmother overdoses

ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - Another story highlighting the heroin epidemic this time involves a grandmother in Elyria who overdosed.

Debbie Hyde's remorse seems genuine, in tears sitting on the front porch of her house.

"I'm embarrassed as heck and ashamed," she says.

Her excuse is heartbreaking as she looks a picture of her recently deceased husband.

"I miss him," she says. "I want to be with him. That was the whole part."

The 56-year-old mother of three and grandmother of five says she turned to heroin for the first time trying to kill herself out of sheer depression. In addition, she admits to doing it before climbing behind the wheel of her pickup truck with her 11-month-old grandson in tow.

She claims she had no idea the drug would hit her so fast. The last thing she remembers from Monday is pulling into a gas station just around the corner from her house to get her grandson something to drink.

Next police found her pulled up against propane tanks, they say, her foot on the brake, passed out with her grandson in the back seat. The baby's father, her youngest son, Jeremy Hyde, is shocked about it all too but isn't leaving her side.

"When I got the phone call, I thought it was something with her diabetes," he said. "Never in a million years thought it would be that."

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino stresses while she is in trouble, it's what she could've done to everyone else around her that bothers him most.

"It could've been disastrous," he said. "I certainly hope she gets some help. I really do."

Debbie Hyde promises she will do just that, but can't say the same about forgiving herself.

"I've always protected my kids and grandkids," she said. "That was the dumbest thing I could've done. I'm so sorry. I beat myself up."

She faces child endangerment charges. She is currently out on a $1,000 bond. Her pre-trial is set for Sept. 27.

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