Police: Woman was using heroin while driving with child

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Mandy Schlef

ST. LOUIS (AP)  – A Missouri woman is facing multiple charges after crashing on Interstate 55, allegedly with a syringe of heroin still in her arm while her 3-year-old child was in the back seat.

The accident happened Tuesday in St. Louis. Authorities say 33-year-old Mandy Schlef of DeSoto is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and driving under the influence of a drug.

Schlef is jailed on $50,000 bond. Her child was not injured in the accident and is in the custody of the child’s grandmother.

Police say Schlef fell asleep and struck a median. Officers say she was asleep when they arrived and had a spoon and mirror in her lap and a syringe in her right arm.