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Mom Accused in Child's Heroin Overdose Gets DUI in Sharon Hill

The Delaware County woman charged with the death of her toddler son, was also charged with a DUI a few weeks back, reports The Associated Press.

Earlier this week, Christine Rivero was charged in the death of her toddler, after toxicology reports indicated that he died from a heroin overdose on July 15. At that time, the child was believed to have been left alone with his 5-year-old sibling, as his mother was doing heroin with friends.

She had initially blamed the child’s death on the 5-year-old, reports WPVI News.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the child died in the hospital, after police responded to a call.

Now, Rivero has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, third degree murder, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of children.

That's not counting her DUI arrest in Sharon Hill earlier this month

Details are vague, if not unavailable, on her DUI in Sharon Hill. But the reality is that drug abuse can lead to DUI. It's unknown if her DUI arrest was for driving under the influence of alcohol or whether it was a drugged driving arrest, but it leads us to a discussion on drugged driving and what that entails.

A DUI isn't always an alcohol related offense. In Pennsylvania, it is also an offense to drive while under the influence of drugs.

Since the amount of drug in one's system isn't easy to detect, the law prohibits the presence of any amount of traceable drug in one's system while driving. Needless to say, nobody should be too surprised that a woman accused of leaving her toddler in the presence of heroin would be caught behind the wheel of a car, intoxicated.

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