A Delaware mother has been arrested after her 4-year-old daughter accidentally brought heroin to daycare and started passing it out to children, according to State Police.
Authorities were summoned to Hickory Tree Child Care Center in Selbyville, Delaware just before noon, Monday, when staff noticed a few children with little bags containing an unknown substance.
Daycare providers confiscated the packets which contained a white, powdery substance, and immediately had them examined at the Selbyville Police Department, where they quickly determined it to be, of all things, heroin.
Innocently enough, the child had mistaken the 249 bags of heroin as candy – a total weighing in at 3.735 grams, which police found in her backpack.
Piecing the story together, police later learned that the child had ended up bringing her mother’s backpack to school after her own had been ruined by a family pet the night before.
The child’s mother, 30-year-old Ashley Tull, was consequently questioned immediately and ultimately arrested. Many of the children who had come into contact with the narcotic were taken to a local hospital as a precaution, despite none of the packets of heroin being opened. The children were later released.
One has to wonder if Tull was high that very morning when she sent her child off with that backpack. What kind of drug addict and/or dealer doesn’t remember a stash containing 249 bags of H are in the backpack they are sending their kid off to daycare with? Who doesn’t remember where such a stash is, unless they are bonked out of their skull in the first place? One or two bags tucked into a hidden pocket, sure, but 249? Heroin? Hard to believe… but the older one gets the crazier the world presents itself, eh?
Tull was charged with three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (several children, to be exact), as well as Maintaining a Drug Property. A No Contact Order was also ordered barring Tull from her three children – a 9-year-old son, 11-year old girl, and the 4-year-old – after Tull was released by posting a $6,000 secured bond. All three children are now in the custody of a relative.
Authorities are still looking into the case, and more charges may eventually be filed.