Police and medical personnel were called to the Beginner’s Choice Daycare in the first block of Hickory Tree Lane, in the Hickory Tree housing complex, at 11:45 a.m. Monday, after staff noticed children with small bags of white powder.
Daycare workers caught a 4-year-old passing out the small baggies to other children thinking it was candy. They ended up recovering a total of 249 bags.
Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier of the Selbyville Police Department said, “The packets were taken to the Selbyville Police Department where the powder tested positive as heroin”.
“The girl found the heroin, and thinking the packets were candy, she began passing them out to her classmates.” Fournier told The News Journal
State police contacted the child’s mother, Ashley R. Tull, 30, of Selbyville, who went to the day care center and was taken into custody shortly after being interviewed.
A total of 3.735 grams of heroin were found. The police investigation showed that the girl took the heroin to school “unknowingly” when her mother gave her a different backpack after the family dog ruined hers overnight.
The mother of the child who brought the drugs was charged with maintaining a drug property and three counts of child endangering for the 4-year-old and two other children – a 9-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl.
All three children were placed with a relative and Tull was ordered to have no contact with them, Fournier said.
Several children were taken to area hospitals as a precautionary measure and were released after being examined. A total of 249 bags of heroin weighing 3.735 grams was located in the backpack, according to Delaware State Police.
The mother was not charged for possession or for dealing.
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