You see a lot on public transportation, but what one Philly mom was caught on camera doing, breaks your heart and has launched a police investigation.
The viral video shows a young mom hunched forward in her seat, facing the aisle. She’s clearly on something. Her body droops forward like a dying sunflower.
If that’s not disturbing enough you then hear a little girl’s voice shout “Mama, Mama!”.
She reaches across the aisle in her pink jacket and tries to use her tiny hand to prop up her mom’s head. In which the mom snaps back “Let go!” At one point the little girl tries to help her mom with their bags.
You see this torturous cycle continue throughout the 4 ½ minute video a fellow passenger took and later posted on the “People of Septa” Facebook page.
After the video went viral police started investigating. But what really bothered police is that no one called for help. SEPTA Police Chief Tom Nestel said:
“When you have a person doing the ‘heroin nod’ and a little girl is trying to hold her head up, that’s horrifying. There’s very little reason why 15 calls to 9-1-1 weren’t received. I don’t think there’s anyone who can watch that and say, ‘Ah, that’s a shame,’ and just walk away.”
Criminal charges have not been filed against the woman, who was apparently identified with the help of people who responded to the video on Facebook.
I hope for this little girl’s sake something is done and she’s placed in the proper care. This video was disturbing on so many levels, but honestly the fact that people can sit there and film this for almost 5 minutes but not stop and think of the little girl and whether or not she needed help.
Stop using your phones to be voyeurs or to get the next viral video. Use it to call for help and potentially save a young girl’s life.
And that’s today’s Helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.