Child Rescued from Hot Car

Police say mother was inside, overdosed on heroin

Tom Puckett
September 06, 2018 - 12:58 pm

Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) Cheektowaga Police say a 3 year old was rescued from a hot car when her mother overdosed on heroin.

Late Tuesday night, police say an officer saw what appeared to be an unoccupied vehicle, parked but running with its lights on in the parking lot of a closed business on Genesee Street at Harlem Rd.    As Officer Chris Wierzbowski approached the car to investigate the suspicious activity, the child jumped up on the seat. 

Wierzbowski then noticed the driver, Jade Nikel, 28 years old, of St. James Rd, slumped over the center console, with a hypodermic needle sticking out from her arm. 

Police say the temperature was in the 80’s and all the car’s windows were closed, doors locked, and heater was running.  

The child could not unlock the doors and the woman remained unconscious as the officer pounded on the windows in an effort to wake her, so the officer broke a window to release the child, who was profusely sweating and beet red in color.  

As officers were preparing to administer NARCAN to Nikel, she woke up.  Officers found heroin in the car.  AMR ambulance responded and treated the 3 year old girl for dehydration.   Nikel was transported to ECMC for evaluation and later arrested and charged with: Reckless Endangerment, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.  Child Protective Services was notified and the child was released to a family member. 

Nikel was arraigned by Judge Dennis Gorski who set bail at $1,000 cash or $3,000 bond.  She was sent to the Erie County Holding Center.

Cheektowaga Police Officer Chris Wierzbowski - WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger

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