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Selbyville Mother Arrested After Child Brings Heroin to Daycare

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Delaware State Police say a 4-year-old child brought these bags of heroin to a Selbyville daycare and passed them out to other children. (Photo: Delaware State Police) Delaware State Police say a 4-year-old child brought these bags of heroin to a Selbyville daycare and passed them out to other children. (Photo: Delaware State Police)
Ashley Tull Ashley Tull
SELBYVILLE, Del.- Delaware State Police say troopers arrested a Selbyville woman after her 4-year-old daughter brought more than 200 bags of heroin into a daycare and began passing it out to other children.

Troopers said it happened shortly before noon Monday at Hickory Tree Child Care Center, located on Community Lane in Selbyville.  Police said  daycare providers noticed the problem after seeing some children with small bags containing an unknown white powdery substance. The substance, which was still in the bags, was removed by the teachers and taken to the Selbyville Police Department where it was determined to be heroin.

Delaware State Police said a preliminary investigation revealed the child thought the packets were candy and gave them to her classmates. Hickory Tree Assistant Director Tamicka Goodman said employees found several children holding the packets immediately after they had been passed out by the 4-year-old.

"They found it right when she passed it out," Goodman said. "So we do thank God that they had a watchful eye and most of all we thank God that none of the children were injured."

According to police, the children who came into contact with the unopened bags of heroin were taken to area hospitals and released after being examined.

Police said an early investigation shows the 4-year-old girl brought the heroin into the childcare in a backpack given to her by her mother, 30-year-old Ashley Tull of Selbyville, after her bag was ruined overnight by a family pet. Police said they found a total of 249 bags of heroin, weighing 3.7 grams, in the backpack.

Tull was taken into custody and charged with maintaining a drug property and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Tull has two other children, a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, who live in her home, police said.

Tull was arraigned and released after posted $6,000 secured bond. Police said her three children are in the custody of a relative and a "no contact" order is in place.

DSP detectives are continuing this investigation and said more charges may be forthcoming.

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