SEPTA Bus Mom Katye Stacey in Rehab, Says Family Friend

Unwitting star of viral video had already lost custody of her daughter.

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It has been nearly a week since video of a near-comatose Kathleen “Katye” Stacey and her neglected child on a SEPTA bus went viral. The Department of Human Services removed the child from the mother’s custody earlier this week. And now the 26-year-old woman has entered rehab, says Nicoli Klimuk of Philadelphia’s Torresdale section.

Klimuk, who identified himself as the boyfriend of Stacey’s mother, says he has known Stacey for more than six years. According to court documents, Klimuk paid approximately $200 of her fines and fees stemming from a 2013 court case.


"She takes good care of her kid," he says, adding that he saw Stacey and her child together a couple of weeks ago. "It seemed like everything was mostly alright. But she lost her job — she was bartending — and they fired her, and she got all upset. … She's in rehab now." Klimuk wouldn't provide more specifics on the rehab.

A bartender at Stacey's previous place of employment, Northeast Philadelphia bar Irish Eddie's, confirms that she was fired though declined to say why. "I'm not going to get into all that," she said, asking that her name not be used. "But the funny thing is, I have a son on the police force, and he didn't bother to mention this to me. Then I get home, and I have a young son who showed me the video. I looked at it and said, 'Oh my god! I used to work with her.'"

There has been wide speculation that Stacey was on drugs at the time of the video, and SEPTA's police chief publicly referred to her behavior as a "heroin nod."

Stacey posted the following message on Facebook on Friday, March 7th, apparently before her child was removed from her custody: "IM REALLY GETTING SICK OF PPL WHO HAVE NO IDEA WHATS GOING ON COMING AT MY NECK I KNO I SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN THAT WAY AROUND MY CHILD BUT AUTOMATI CALY PPL THINK THE WORSTED GRANTED IT SHOUD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED BUT I WASNT ON WHAT YOU THINK! I Am a Great mom my daughter never ever wanted for ne thing n ppl fuck up , it never happened around her before n i feel like shit letting her see that now."

Stacey has previously been found guilty of promoting prostitution, shoplifting and disorderly conduct, and according to a court administrator, she was on probation through November 2013. Stacey has not been charged with a crime related to this incident. According to police sources, DHS continues to investigate.

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  • Debbie Bygrave Callahan

    I truly hope that Stacey accepts the advice and guidance of her counselors. There is help to continue her education, and get a job with benefits for her and her daughter. It will be hard, but she seems strong enough and smart enough to stick with it.

  • bossboss80

    Unless she went this morning, I find it hard to believe she is at rehab. This was posted on People of Septa’s Twitter page – this girl is back at it just days after being filmed on the bus. SMH. The caption says “Taken 16 minutes ago, Heroin Mom back at it again” The photo was put up yesterday…..so sad. https://twitter.com/Peopleofsepta

  • matthew brandley

    For the sake of her child I hope she gets the help she desperatly needs. Her kid doesnt deserve to be embaressed like that in public let alone around the country. I hope To God she doesnt fall down again into the pit of the ugliness of drugs and takes advatage of the chance she has been given to turn her life around. There may not be a next time if she picks up that needle again. She better think ng and hard about her daughter next time instead of her self. No matter if you drink or do drugs your problems never go away. They are still there when you wake up people. Remember that next time you decide to do something crazy

  • KR

    Bossboss80………. I saw that as well but I think someone removed it!!! I thought I was going crazy for a minute there but I am glad someone else did too!!!!

  • momatad

    WHY I BEES ALL, YOU KNOW PPL FCK UP,I GOOOD MOM…..please.. Someone get this girl an education. She needs someone ‘keeping’ her before she is allowed to ‘keep’ a child. This is a disgrace of a mother….not a good one. What’s next, Kayte? Trade the baby for some heroin? then cry ‘oh, poor me, someone abused my child’……I’m the victim here, boo hoo hoo.

  • kidscomefirst

    If Katye Stacey had never done this around her child before, then why did the child not react, or seem concerned? Katye, let’s be honest, you chose your addiction over your child and this wasn’t the first time. Her daughter is probably devastated to be taken away from her mom, and worried sick considering it appears she was used to caring for her mom. I saw this on Katye Stacey’s FB account- which is still active btw.

    Katye Stacey

    January 3, 2013

    This New Years Imma stay out of trouble n away from any more legal problems!!!!

    December 2, 2013

    I love it how ppl judge what they never been though, only REAL FUCKING PPL could handle what I’ve been though n only real ppl could be where I am today! I fucked up in the past but the past is the past RIGHT!! Be real n be honest!