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One Charge Dropped for Del. Mom After Daughter Brought 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)
SELBYVILLE, Del. – One charge against a mother of three, who was arrested after her 4-year-old daughter brought 249 small bags of heroin to a daycare center, has been dropped, according to the Department of Justice.

Ashley Tull, 30, was originally charged with maintaining a drug property and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. At a hearing on Thursday, the prosecutor dropped the maintaining a drug property charge after further investigation, according to Joe Rogalsky at the Del. Department of Justice.

Rogalsky says the charge was dropped after investigators analyzed DNA, fingerprint, and additional forensic testing of the drugs and other evidence. According to Rogalsky, to convict Tull on maintaining a drug property charge, prosecutors would have to prove that she allowed a third party to sell drugs from her property.

According to DOJ officials, Tull is still charged with three count of endangering the welfare of a child. At this time, she is the only person charged in the case, though the prosecutor indicated during Thursday's hearing there may be additional charges and arrests.

The incident happened back on Monday, Oct. 6, when Tull's daughter took a backpack full of heroin to the Hickory Tree Child Care Center and passed it around, thinking it was candy.  

Daycare providers said they saw the children with bags of white powder and sent it to police where it was later identified as heroin.

Delaware State Police say the girl brought in a different backpack than usual in that day, which her mom gave her the night before.

No children were injured. The investigation continues.

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