Crime & Courts

McHenry woman arrested after infant consumes narcotics, police say

Ashley M. Hendle, 31.
Ashley M. Hendle, 31.

A McHenry woman accused of leaving drugs within reach of an infant, who reportedly ingested them, was released from jail Tuesday.

Ashley M. Hendle is charged in three different cases with child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.

McHenry police officers were called at 4:28 p.m. April 30 to the 100 block of South Route 31 for the report of a child not breathing, McHenry police public affairs officer Patrick Polidori said.

McHenry Township Fire Protection District officials took an infant younger than 1 year old to the hospital.

Hendle, 31, of the 3000 block of Charlotte Avenue, and an unknown driver were on their way to the hospital when authorities were called, Polidori said. Police would not confirm what drug the infant is believed to have consumed.

Hendle had an active warrant for her arrest on a separate child endangerment charge at the time, police said.

Complaints filed in McHenry County court show that on March 9, Hendle was under the influence of heroin, cocaine and marijuana while supervising at least two children.

She posted bond on both child endangerment charges that day, but again was arrested after police searched her home and found suspected cocaine, Polidori said.

In court Tuesday, McHenry County Judge James Cowlin told Hendle the details of her charges caused “huge concern.”

Hendle was unable to post for bond, Special Public Defender Henry Sugden said. In regard to the felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, the judge agreed to release Hendle, but only if she followed a set of strict conditions to monitor her behavior outside the jail.

She is barred from having any unsupervised contact with children younger than 18 and will be subject to a court-ordered curfew. She also must submit random drug and alcohol tests and actively apply for jobs.

By July 3, Hendle will need to show Cowlin proof that she has been seeking substance abuse treatment.

Hendle told the judge Tuesday that she previously completed a 28-day treatment plan, but Cowlin ordered her to seek additional services.

“I’m not sure where that exactly got us, though, based on you standing here today,” Cowlin said.

The children have been placed with a family member.

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