Moment Alabama police officer saves baby who ingested drugs caught on intense bodycam footage

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Police in Alabama have released bodycam video showing the intense moments a deputy is trying to resuscitate a 1-year-old girl who had been unresponsive for about 30 minutes after she “ingested some illegal drugs, possibly fentanyl.” 

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Birmingham said the incident happened on Monday and the mother of the child, identified as Jeanette Lashay Bell, 31, has been charged with chemical endangerment of a child. 

The video begins with a deputy entering a home where numerous adults are heard panicking. 

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“How long has she been down? How long has she been down?” the officer yells as he kneels next to a girl sprawled out on the floor. 

“About 30 minutes,” a distraught woman responds.

The deputy is then seen resuscitating the child by using Narcan. 

The officer is seen rescuing the child. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

“Hey sweetheart, can you hear me? OK, she’s breathing. There you go,” he says. 

In a statement, the sheriff’s office said it was told by witnesses inside the home that “the child had ingested some illegal drugs, possibly fentanyl.” 

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“During the investigation, the child’s mother…  admitted that the child had accessed some of her drug paraphernalia and ingested it by putting it in her mouth,” it added. 

Bell is being held on $15,000 bond. 

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