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3-year-old goes for help as man, girlfriend overdose in gas station parking lot

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 31-year-old man has been charged weeks after he reportedly overdosed in the parking lot of a Tennessee gas station, leaving his girlfriend’s three-year-old son to wander for help.

Metro police responded May 3 to an overdose call at a gas station on Murfreesboro Pike at Hobson Pike.

When officers arrived, they said Philip Adkins was unconscious outside of a van in the parking lot, while his girlfriend was inside, unconscious near the restrooms.

Police said the girlfriend’s three-year-old son was walking around the parking lot telling people that his mother was dead.

Adkins and his girlfriend had overdosed on heroin, according to Metro police. 

The 31-year-old’s girlfriend, identified in court documents as Kathleen Smotherman, told officers she had left her son in Adkins’ care, at the time.

He was charged Sunday with child endangerment and held in the Metro jail on a $100,000 bond.

Smotherman was already charged with child endangerment.

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