4-year-old found in car with mom’s body in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Authorities believe a woman found dead inside a vehicle Sunday afternoon may have died of a heroin overdose, according to High Point police.

Witnesses found Jessica Leigh Whittington-Burton, 24, of Greensboro, in the car with her 4-year-old son.

“The child said, ‘I want my mommy.’ The child was crying. He was thirsty, wet and he'd been in the car overnight,” said Elizabeth Lummus, a High Point resident.

Greensboro police say the child used his mother’s cellphone to call family for help Saturday night, but he wasn’t able to explain where he was. The phone reportedly died after 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

Witnesses reported finding the child and his mother shortly after 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Family Dollar on East Kivett Drive.

Elizabeth Lummus says a Family Dollar clerk took the boy inside the store to get him food and fresh clothes.

“I was holding that child's hand so he could feel safe and loved,” said Lummus.

High Point police say family members now have custody of the child.

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