Crime & Courts

Prosecutors ask to revoke probation for McHenry woman whose infant survived overdose

Ashley M. Hendle, 33, of the 3900 block of First Avenue, McHenry
Ashley M. Hendle, 33, of the 3900 block of First Avenue, McHenry

McHenry County prosecutors are seeking to revoke the probation sentence for a McHenry woman whose 3-month-old infant overdosed on heroin that the child ingested from a teething ring.

Ashley M. Hendle was more than halfway through her two-year probation sentence when prosecutors said she tested positive for cocaine June 19, court records show. Now the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office has petitioned to revoke the 33-year-old’s probation, claiming she violated the conditions of her sentence.

Hendle was arrested on a warrant
Aug. 30 and remained at the McHenry County Jail on Friday. She would need to post $1,000 bail to secure her release.

Hendle, of the 3900 block of First Avenue, entered a blind guilty plea in April 2019 to possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment charges. One year earlier, Hendle’s 3-month-old child survived a heroin overdose after ingesting drugs that were on a teething ring, prosecutors said at a May 2019 sentencing hearing.

Rather than calling an ambulance, Hendle took her child to a friend’s house and asked her to drive them to the hospital, Assistant State’s Attorney Brette Dunbar said at the hearing. On the way to the hospital, the infant passed out, and Hendle’s friend called 911.

At the time of her 2018 arrest, Hendle was wanted by police for allegedly supervising at least two children while she was under the influence of drugs, court records show.

A condition of Hendle’s probation barred her from having contact with children, including her own, until she completed the sentence, McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt ordered in 2019. Hendle also was ordered not to consume drugs or alcohol.

Prosecutors did not specify in their petition what sentence Hendle might receive should the judge revoke her probation. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Sept. 11.

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