YORK COUNTY -- A five-year-old girl found wandering in the street by deputies last week told officers her mom had died in a nearby car, authorities said Tuesday. But the woman was not dead - she was found unconscious in a nearby church parking lot.
According to the York-Poquoson County Sheriff's office, the girl was found around 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the median near the Hampton Highway and Victory Boulevard intersection.
"The young girl said that her mom had died and was in a black car. She pointed towards the westbound side of Hampton Highway," authorities wrote in a press release.
A deputy then found a car that was running at the New Life Presbyterian Church. They say the car had the dome light, headlights and windshield wipers on.
"Inside the vehicle, he found an adult female in the drivers seat, slumped over to the right, passenger side. Her right arm was extended toward the right floorboard and I observed a spent needle about six inches near her right arm," authorities described in the press release.
Authorities said the woman, later identified as Heather D. Venable, was unconscious but breathing. Medics arrived shortly afterwards and about five to 10 minutes later, Venable regained consciousness but was "extremely incoherent."
Venable was transported to Riverside Hospital for treatment. She was later arrested and transported her to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.
Venable is charged with child abuse/neglect, possess narcotics without a prescription and DUI.