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Young children found in vehicle with unconscious adults at major Hillsborough intersection: Deputies

Posted at 5:31 PM, Jul 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-07 18:38:55-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Two young children found in a vehicle with two unconscious adults are now in safe hands, the sheriff's office says.

"Not only did these two people put children at risk, but they jeopardized the lives of countless other drivers on the road Sunday afternoon with their careless decisions," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "We are very fortunate that
this situation did not end with lives lost, and it's largely due to the quick response of our deputies and the assistance of firefighters."

The vehicle was found on Bearss Avenue at a major intersection near an I-275 on ramp, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies say around 3 p.m. someone driving by called 911 and reported the adults passed out. The sheriff's office and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded.

"Endangering the lives of innocent children is something we will not tolerate in Hillsborough County," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.

Deputies and fire rescue officials recovered the children and say Narcan was administered to both adults, who are now facing child neglect charges.

Deputies say drugs were found inside the vehicle. The adults were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The sheriff's office identified the adults, but ABC Action News is not naming them to protect the identity of the children.