Mom Arrested After Toddler Distributes Heroin at Daycare
A Delaware mother was arrested on Monday after her 4-year-old daughter brought more than 200 bags of heroin to her daycare and shared them with other children, thinking they were candy.
According to authorities, teachers at the Hickory Tree Child Center in Selbyville, Delaware found several of the children with the small bags containing an unknown white powdery substance. The teachers immediately collected them, and took them to the Selbyville Police Department where police determined the substance to be heroin.
“They found it right when she passed it out,” the daycare’s Assistant Director Tamicka Goodman tells WBOC 16. “So we do thank God that he had a watchful eye and most of all we thank God that none of the children are injured.”
The children who came into contact with the unopened bags of heroin were taken to area hospitals and released after being examined, police say.
An early investigation shows that the child brought the heroin into the childcare facility in a backpack given to her by her mother Ashley Tull, 30, after the child’s was ruined by a family pet. Inside the backpack, police say 249 bags of heroin weighing 3.735 grams were found.
Tull was arrested and charged with maintaining a drug property as well as three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She is currently out on a $6,000 bail.
The woman’s 4-year-old daughter , as well as 9-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter, were taken into custody upon her arrest. The three children are now in the custody of a relative and a “no contact” order is in place.
Delaware State Police say the investigation is ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming.
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