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4-Year-Old Hands Out Heroin at Day Care

4-year-old hands out drugs at daycare

This week in disturbing news, a Delaware mother was arrested Monday after her 4-year-old got her hands on some heroin packets and started handing them out at day care, thinking they were candy. And we're not just talking about a few packets, either; the preschooler apparently was in possession of 249 packets of heroin in tablet form.

Luckily, teachers were able to step in as soon as the girl started doling out the drugs.

"They found it right when she passed it out," said Tamicka Goodman, a teacher at Hickory Tree Child Care Center, where the incident took place. "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."

Police now say the girl got the heroin after the family dog ruined her own backpack, and her mom swapped it for one of hers. Apparently, though, Mom forgot to empty our her drug stash first. (Doh!)

Thankfully, teachers at the Hickory Tree Child Care Center ran around frantically to each child, grabbing the packets before any of them were able to pop a tablet in their mouth. But it still was a pretty close call.

Meanwhile, the Delaware State Police charged 30-year-old Ashley Tull of Selbyville with maintaining a drug property and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Though she was released on $6,000 bond, her kids—who also include a 9-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter—were sent to live with a relative. Under court order, Tull is not allowed to contact them.

Believe it or not, this isn't even the first case of this kind this year. Back in June, a first-grader from Pennsylvania was caught after bringing his grandma's heroin into school.

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