Overdose During Childbirth

PUBLISHED: 11:02 PM 10 Aug 2018

Woman Arrested After Giving Birth In Burger King Bathroom While Overdosing On Drugs

Her child was reportedly found floating face-up in a toilet bowl.

Just recently, Elizabeth D. Sanders was arrested by law enforcement officials in Chillicothe, Ohio shortly after she reportedly gave birth to a child in a Burger King bathroom while overdosing on heroin.

Earlier this week, a woman in Ohio reportedly gave birth inside a Burger King bathroom while allegedly suffering from a medical emergency believed to be caused by a heroin overdose. After the woman gave birth to the child, who was later found floating face up in a toilet bowl that she was sitting on, the manager of the fast food restaurant apparently realized what had happened and promptly dialed 911 for help.

A short time later, paramedics purportedly showed up to the scene and then rushed the woman, who has since been arrested, and her child to a nearby hospital. Miraculously, the baby is expected to survive.

According to reports, the woman, who was later identified as 26-year-old Elizabeth D. Sanders, apparently went to a Burger King in the city of Chillicothe, which is near Columbus, Ohio, and entered the bathroom.

Sanders then entered one of the stalls, where she supposedly consumed heroin and gave birth, and remained in there for an extended period of time.  

Worried that the woman was sick, a customer who had noticed her in the bathroom told the manager that there was a woman inside one of the stalls who seemed sick and in possibly in need of help.

The manager then entered the restroom and found Sanders speaking incoherently while locked inside the handicap stall with a suspected ball of heroin near her on the floor.

Concerned, the manager then notified the local authorities, who promptly sent over several police officers and paramedics to help.

Upon arriving, the paramedics then rescued the baby from the toilet bowl and brought the mother and newborn child to a nearby hospital. They then gave Sanders Narcan, which is a drug to help reverse overdoses, and placed the baby in the temporary care of hospital staff.

After recovering, the woman was then placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant for theft. As of now, it’s not currently clear what will happen regarding the child’s custody as a consequence.  

In addition to Sanders, law enforcement officials also arrested her 26-year-old boyfriend, Zachary Frey, after allegedly finding him passed out on drugs in the parking lot of the Burger King.

“Due to her level of impairment, she was completely unaware, or at least believed to be unaware, that she was giving birth at the time,” explained one of the local police officers while speaking to reporters about what had happened.

Although the incident involving Sanders is extremely usual, unbelievable situations like this are something that law enforcement officials have to deal with on a fairly regularly.

For example, a few days ago, police officers in Tennessee reportedly arrested 21-year-old Kelton Griffin after he allegedly stole the car of a woman who he went on a date with and then used that car to go on a date with her godsister.

According to reports, Griffin convinced the woman, who was later identified as Faith Pugh, to go out on a date with him. The two then met up and proceeded to drive in Pugh’s car to their destination, which had yet to be decided.

As they were figuring out where to go, they purportedly decided to stop at a gas station. After doing so, Griffin then allegedly asked her to get out and purchase a cigar for him, which she did. When she exited the store, though, she noticed that both Griffin and her car were missing.

Confused, she then reportedly called her mother and asked her to pick her up. A short time later, she apparently received a text message from her godsister letting her know that Griffin had just asked her out on a date.

Determined to get her car back, Pugh told her godsister to accept the invitation. The godsister then went out with Griffin and sent her a message letting her know that they were at a local drive-in theater. Pugh then went to the theater with the police and had the car thief arrested.

And several weeks prior to that, 48-year-old Antonio Oswaldo Burgos was arrested by law enforcement officials in Oregon after he allegedly tried to bribe a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation official on three separate occasions into deporting his wife. Apparently, he wanted her removed from the country after she filed for divorce because of “irreconcilable differences.”

Clearly, police officers and paramedics are trained to deal with a wide variety of situations. Thanks to them, for instance, the child who was rescued from a Burger King toilet bowl will now have a chance to experience life.