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Woman found with needle in her arm and child in the back at scene of crash

Arrest: Mandy Schlef
Arrest: Mandy Schlef

A woman was found by police slumped over the steering wheel of a car with a needle in her arm and her young child in the back seat.

The Missouri woman was arrested in St. Louis after police say she passed out while driving on a motorway as a result of using heroin. Her young child was found strapped into his car seat in the back. 

Mandy Schlef (33) was driving on Interstate 55 near Bates on Tuesday evening when police say she fell asleep, causing her car to veer into the median, KMOV reports. 

When police arrived at the scene, they noted the bleary-eyed mother was struggling to stay conscious and had a spoon and mirror in her lap, as well as a syringe in her right arm.

Capsules with residue were found on the driver's seat, according to a probable cause statement, the publication added. 

Her 3-year-old child was in a car seat in the backseat at the time of the accident but it is unknown if the child was injured or not in the incident. 

Schlef was is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and driving while under the influence of a drug.