Northeast Times

Video of impaired mother on bus goes viral

Al­most 84,000 Face­book users have shared the dis­turb­ing video of a little girl and her semi­con­scious moth­er rid­ing SEPTA’s Route 66 bus through the North­east since a user named John War­ren pos­ted the four-plus-minute clip on March 6.

Au­thor­it­ies have re­spon­ded to the vir­al video, too. In­vest­ig­at­ors from the po­lice Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit and the De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices have iden­ti­fied the moth­er and may have taken her child from her, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice source.

The wo­man’s name has not been re­leased pub­licly. Nor has she been charged with a crime. Yet, a Face­book user with a pro­file pic­ture that ap­pears to be the wo­man in the video pos­ted an angry note on her page days after the video went vir­al.

Her mes­sage: “I [ex­plet­ive] HOPE ALL YOU SKUM­BAGS OUT THERE ARE [ex­plet­ive] HAPPY I JUST LOST THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD TO ME ALL BE­CAUSE PPL THINK BE­FORE THEY OPEN THERE MOUTHS!”

The De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices and Phil­adelphia po­lice have not com­men­ted of­fi­cially on the status of their in­vest­ig­a­tions. The video caused alarm among many so­cial me­dia users, many of whom sug­ges­ted that the wo­man ap­peared un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs.

The clip shows the daugh­ter, who ap­pears to be about 5, re­peatedly at­tempt­ing to rouse her mom as the seated wo­man drops her head to­ward the floor and the bus travels south­bound on Frank­ford Av­en­ue through May­fair. Even­tu­ally, the wo­man at­tempts to grasp the handles of her plastic shop­ping bag, but its con­tents fall to the floor. So the child again comes to her aid. The clip ends with the moth­er slump­ing back in­to her seat. Oth­er pas­sen­gers are seen sit­ting near the wo­man and walk­ing past her, but nobody ac­know­ledges her. The bus driver is neither seen nor heard. ••

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