Text to her mother 10 days before fatal party: “I hate being an addict because my life is on the line... I want my life more than drugs so I'm going to change.”
Tanya Smith with her daughter Taylor at graduation in 2011. The free-spirited Taylor decided to wait on entering college and fell in with the wrong crowd.
Last week, the mother of the 20-year-old whose body was dumped in the yard of a vacant house last August after she died of an overdose at a party portrayed a descent into drugs that was unbelievably sad and shockingly quick.
The story of how an active high school student, Taylor Smith, could so quickly fall in with the wrong crowd, become addicted to heroin, be handcuffed and arrested by her mother (a Holly Springs police officer) and then end up dead and abandoned in a yard in such a short span of time is a warning the mother hopes other parents will heed.
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