Tiffany Smith Bio
Tiffany Smith is a 34 years old woman from Deltona, Florida. Smith charges after officials said she overdosed on heroin while traveling with her three children. Her 12-year-old daughter called 911 after Smith passed out along Interstate 4 on October 31, 2019. Two younger children, ages 7 and 1, were also in the minivan at the time.
The children were being cared for by their grandmother. Deputies said the 12-year-old girl and her younger brothers were not hurt. The family was traveling with two dogs at the time. The pets were taken in by Volusia County Animal Control officers.
Tiffany Smith, Daughter
The Volusia Sheriff’s office shared the 911 call made by Tiffany Smith’s daughter while the vehicle was sitting on the side of the interstate.
In the clip, you can hear Smith’s daughter yelling Mom!” repeatedly as the dispatcher answers the call. She tells the dispatcher, My mom won’t wake up, and we’re on I-4 in the car.” She sounds like she’s crying as the dispatcher tries to narrow in on their exact location.
The child is heard explaining, We’re in the grass, and we’re close to a ditch. She tells him that she doesn’t know how to put the car into park.
Tiffany Smith Heroin Overdoses
Paramedics revived Tiffany Smith with a dose of Narcan on the scene. She admitted to Volusia County deputies that she took heroin to ease her back pain. She felt sick, pulled the vehicle over, and lost consciousness.
In the video embedded in the first section, you can hear Smith make the confession. She explained that she took heroin because she didn’t have any pain pills with her.
She and the children were traveling to South Carolina to visit her sister at the time of the incident. Smith told a deputy that she was worried about the pain because she had a five-hour drive ahead of her.
Tiffany Smith Charges
Smith is facing three charges of child neglect, which is a third-degree felony. A hearing was scheduled for November 21.
Tiffany Smith was taken to the AdventHealth Fish Memorial hospital in Orange City, Florida, for treatment. As of November 4, she was not listed as an inmate with Volusia County Corrections.
The Volusia County Circuit Court website states that bail was set at $7,500. But Smith appears to have been released without having to be booked into the jail through the Pretrial Supervision program called PTS.
Tiffany Smith was previously arrested in June of 2017 on a grand theft charge. According to the affidavit, available to the public on the Volusia County Clerk of Circuit Court website, Smith was accused of stealing from the Walmart where she worked. The store was located in Orange City, Florida.
Court records show that the original charge of grand theft, which is a felony, was reduced to petit theft, which is a misdemeanor. Smith reached a plea deal with prosecutors and waived her right to an attorney. The records indicate that Smith was sentenced to probation.