Cops say a Minnesota mom admitted to using heroin and marijuana with her 12-year-old daughter so frequently that the girl had to be hospitalized for withdrawal.
Rebecca Rachelle Hill, 37, of Maple Grove, Minn. was arrested October 14 for shoplifting from the Mall of America. Hill allegedly told police that her daughter "likes to do the same things that she does and that [her daughter] 'most likely' uses heroin because she does," according to arrest documents obtained by the Star Tribune.
Hill told cops she used heroin with her daughter three times a day over the course of two or three weeks and that she often took her daughter along when she shoplifted to finance her drug habit, police claim.
The girl tested positive for both heroin and marijuana when she was taken to a local hospital with withdrawal symptoms, medical records showed. She's now in the care of her father who has filed for sole custody.
“We need to stop the wrong doing to the child first," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told CBS Minnesota. "And secondly, we need to make sure this mother is not in a condition to do it again.”
Hill is charged with second-degree sale of a controlled substance, endangerment of a child and theft of a motor vehicle after cops said she borrowed a car from a relative and never gave it back.
Adam Peterson, of the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, told KMSP that, though the case is tragic, it's not unheard of.
"I've met a few people that used frequently with their parents, where -- in a lot of situations -- their parents were the ones to introduce them to the substance," Peterson said.
In fact, just last June, Brandi Baumgardner of Pennsylvania made headlines when she was accused of injecting her 14-year-old daughter with heroin nearly 200 times.