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Mom overdoses in car with kids for a second time

Posted at 4:04 PM, Oct 13, 2015

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. -- Lacie Sexton got a second lease on life when she was revived after a heroin overdose in June. Her four children were with her at the time, all under the age of ten.

Paramedics said Sexton, of Lawrenceburg, was close to death when she overdosed in June. It was 7-year-old's birthday.

Despite having all but one child endangerment charges dropped -- a punishment her grandmother called "a slap on the wrist" -- Sexton ended up in the same situation on Saturday night.

Police said she overdosed in her parked car while her children were asleep. At around 3 a.m., her 7-year-old woke up, but mom wasn't breathing.

In an eerie coincidence, Saturday's overdose took place on her 9-year-old son's birthday.

The father of Sexton's children and his mother said Sexton only recently began using drugs, to their knowledge. The children's grandmother, Pam McClafferty, said she thought harsher punishment may have saved Sexton's life, at least temporarily.

"There wasn't enough time. There weren't enough consequences," she said. "It wasn't really make someone think about their life."

Sexton's boyfriend was also in the car with her on Saturday and was using drugs when she overdosed, police said. No word yet from police on whether or not he will be charged.