A woman who thought she had miscarried in a Burger King bathroom but instead gave birth while overdosing on heroin, recently opened up about the moment that nearly took her son’s life.

Elizabeth Sanders, now in recovery and 122 days drug-free, described the day she says she hit rock bottom.

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Sanders told WSYX that she was snorting Xanax and heroin with her boyfriend on August 3 when police found the expecting mother sitting on the toilet with blood covering the stall, reports the Miami Herald.

The 26-year-old was eight months pregnant at the time.

According to police in Chillicothe, Ohio, Sanders was so high she wasn’t even aware that her son was alive after she had given birth. Authorities found the newborn face down in toilet water. He was still breathing.

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But Sanders says she can barely recall the day her child was born.

She explained:

“I kind of remember that I had an urge to go to the bathroom and then that was it.”

The mother of two other children, a girl, 8, and boy, 5, said:

“It was the Xanax and heroin I was taking, just snorting them both together and that’s the big effect of the Xanax, you don’t remember.

I remember being at the hospital and not being pregnant anymore and not knowing what happened; that’s what’s really scary.”

Medics rushed the baby boy to the hospital. Sanders was arrested on unrelated charges.

Her boyfriend Zachary Frey, 26, who was passed out in a vehicle, was arrested on drug-related charges, reports the Chillicothe Gazette.

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Three days after her arrest, Sanders received drug addiction treatment. The mother-of-three said she’s been abusing drugs for six years, but now she’s sober and trying to kick her old addiction habits for the sake of her children.

The 26-year-old needs to stay clean in order to regain custody of the “miracle” baby who was born in the bathroom stall.

Sanders said:

“Giving Elias the opportunity to have a sober mom, his whole life. I haven’t ever been able to do that.

If I don’t keep my recovery first I’m not going to have my kids anyway. You have to make that your top priority.”

She added:

“I hate that it happened, I hate how everything happened.

But, I truly don’t know if it wouldn’t have happened (if) I would be clean or alive right now.”

Sanders’ son, Elias, was born “perfectly” healthy and hasn’t had any medical issues.

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The recovering mom said that “nobody should feel like there’s no way to bounce back.”

Every day she’s working on turning her life around.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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8 Replies to “Mom Gave Birth in a Toilet at Burger King While Overdosing. Now She’s Fighting for Custody of Son”

  • Kathleen Golden 9 months ago

    Good for her!She knows the being clean and sober is worth the fight.To see her kids smiling and laughing ,especially that beautiful baby boy,with her.Instead of been scared and not understanding what’s happening, they will finally know how much she loves them.

  • Anonymous 9 months ago

    Remember;getting clean does not get you all you want back.Stay sober no matter what.

  • Anonymous 9 months ago

    My name is Carol Wadsworth and the staff of Buger king should check and try there best to help someone and the woman should of went to the Hospital before she went into Labor but we are glad she is in good hands with people hopping for the best with respect

    • Anonymous 9 months ago

      How could burger King have known that it was going to happen when the woman didn’t know. And I bet someone at Burger King was the one to call authorities anyway. She sure didn’t she was oding and didn’t even know she had given birth

  • Tracy 9 months ago

    At 26 that’s her third child why should she get custody period, there are plenty of people that want children who are not high for 6 years!

  • Anonymous 9 months ago

    I HAVE READ YOUR STORY ON TOPPBUZZ THANK GOD YOU AN ELIAS ARE OKAY!!!!'”” YOU ARE SOBER””-THATS AWESOME VERY PROUD GIRL!!! KEEP IT….. AN YOUR SON IS ABSOLUTELY
    BEAUTIFUL

  • Susie Stokley 9 months ago

    I HAVE READ YOUR STORY ON TOPPBUZZ THANK GOD YOU AN ELIAS ARE OKAY!!!!'”” YOU ARE SOBER””-THATS AWESOME VERY PROUD GIRL!!! KEEP IT….. AN YOUR SON IS ABSOLUTELY
    BEAUTIFUL

  • Amanda 9 months ago

    So the first 2 kinds you had didn’t get you Clean? Keep on getting pregnant ya junkie. Shame on you.

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