Mom uses heroin in car, passes out with baby in back seat, police say

A woman was arrested Thursday after police said she used heroin at a Pittsburgh area gas station with her baby in the back seat. 
Police said they found Alyssa Bazala, 25, passed out behind the wheel at the Speedway gas station on East Fifth Avenue in McKeesport. 

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A police officer said a customer told him that a car was running with the doors locked around 3 a.m. Thursday. The officer spotted Bazala in the driver's seat in a daze, with her 1-year-old child in the back seat. Police said they started pounding on the windows to wake her up and, according to a criminal complaint, Bazala had "poor motor skills and seemed confused.”

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Police said it took her a full minute to unlock the door, and when police opened the door, they saw that she was holding on to a Crown Royal bag. She told police that there was “nothing good” in the bag. When they opened it, officers said they discovered several empty heroin stamp bags and a hypodermic needle. 
Police also found 10 suspected stamp bags of heroin in her hoodie pocket and recovered five empty heroin stamp bags in the baby's diaper bag, authorities said.
The baby was taken to UPMC McKeesport and is now in the care of his grandmother.

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