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Moment Nashville store worker discovers a baby in the back seat of a car after calling 911 to report the child’s parents had overdosed at gas station pump

  • An employee from the Lewis Country Store in Nashville called police on Wednesday night after finding the car near the gas pump 
  • According to an arrest warrant, 41-year-old Stephen Tant was sitting in the driver seat while Florence Bowden, 32, was passed out next to him
  • The employee then found the baby in the backseat, bringing the little one inside the store 
  • Nashville Fire Department used Narcan to revive the couple who were taken to a local treatment center
  • They were both charged with child neglect, DUI with a child and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Tant was also charged with possession of a controlled substance

By Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com

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A frantic Tennessee store employee alerted authorities when she discovered a baby sitting in the back of a car where two people had overdosed inside. 

An employee from the Lewis Country Store, located on Old Hickory Boulevard near Ashland City Highway in Nashville, called police on Wednesday night just moments after finding the car near the gas pumps there.

‘Well, I’ve got two people out here in a car that are obviously messed up. I cannot wake, I mean, they’re drugged out or whatever,’ the woman said in the 911 call, WKNR reports.  

According to an arrest warrant, 41-year-old Stephen Tant was sitting in the driver seat while Florence Bowden, 32, was passed out next to him They were both charged with child neglect, DUI with a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tant was also charged with possession of a controlled substance

An employee from the Lewis Country Store in Nashville called police on Wednesday night after finding the car near the gas pump

‘They’re breathing and stuff, but they will not wake up and the car’s sitting out here at the pump with the flashers on. I got the keys out of the car. it wasn’t even locked.’  

According to an arrest warrant, 41-year-old Stephen Tant was sitting in the driver seat while Florence Bowden, 32, was passed out next to him. But it was what the employee discovered in the backseat that truly shocked her.

‘Oh my God. Hold on, hold on, hold on. There is a baby in the backseat. I did not even see this baby,’ the woman shouted into phone. ‘Oh my God.’

The dispatcher can be heard asking if the baby is okay.  

The arrest warrant states that Tant told authorities that he ran out of suboxone, getting heroin to ‘relieve the pain’

‘Yes, yes, yes. He’s asleep. he’s, he’s asleep, yes,’ the caller asserted. ‘I’m gonna take this baby into the store. They didn’t have the doors locked or nothing. Oh my God!’

Both Tant and Bowden were revived by the Nashville Fire Department, who used Narcan on the duo, police said. 

The pair were transported to TriStar Skyline Medical Center for treatment. 

The arrest warrant states that Tant told authorities that he ran out of suboxone, getting heroin to ‘relieve the pain.’ The heroin was bought in nearby Bordeaux, where the pair took it. They then drove to the gas station, where they were found, according to the police report. 

The baby was in the backseat ‘the entire time,’ Tant is said to have told police. Tant and Bowden were identified as parents of the child in court documents.  

They were both charged with child neglect, DUI with a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tant was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. 

Tant was held on a $17,500 bond. Bowden’s bond was set for $15,000.  

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