Boy, 2, appears high on heroin during mom's arrest

Boy, 2, appears high on heroin during mom's arrest
EVERETT, Wash. - A 22-year-old mother was arrested on drug charges and her 2-year-old son was taken to the hospital when deputies became concerned that the little boy was high on heroin, officials said.

The incident unfolded Thursday night when deputies stopped a car on Interstate 5 at Marine View Drive, a Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said. The woman's boyfriend, who was in the car, was arrested on a warrant and other charges.

During the boyfriend's arrest, deputies spotted what appeated to be a needle loaded with heroin and other heroin paraphernalia in the mother's purse, officials said.

The mother, identified as Camie Bena, also was arrested and taken into custody on suspicion of possession of heroin and reckless endangerment.

Deputies said Bena’s 2-year-old son was in the back seat and appeared to be very lethargic and under the influence of a drug or drugs. Medics were called to the scene and took the boy to the Everett campus of Colby Hospital.

The deputy at the scene said he believed the boy became intoxicated on heroin while Bena had been smoking it in the car, but the mother appeared not to be concerned about it. Investigators are still awaiting the results of medical tests confirming the presence of drugs in the boy's system.

Bena is being held in the Snohomish County jail on $11,000 bail. The boy was turned over to Child Protective Services.

Documents show the little boy also had been placed with the agency after a previous incident that took place when he was only 6 months old, in April 2010.

In that case, Bena crashed her car into a ditch at Salahee Way and 217th Place in King County while high on marijuana and PCP. Her little boy was in the car with her at the time and showed signs of being intoxicated.

Bena was later convicted of DUI in that case.