Indiana mother took son with her on drug deals, police say
UNION CITY, Ind. – An Indiana mother is accused of taking her son with her as she went on trips to purchase drugs, including heroin and prescription pills.
According to court documents, detectives from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department went to the apartment of Hope Hill, 30, on Sept. 23, 2016, on a probation search; her boyfriend, Michael Arthur, 30, was on probation, police said.
When detectives arrived, they noticed that Hill appeared “nervous and jittery.” She kept trying to get her cell phone, police said, and constantly asked about it. As a detective handed it over, he noticed a text message that appeared to be for a drug transaction.
A further search of the apartment turned up prescription painkillers; the pills were not prescribed for Hill or her boyfriend. Police also found heroin.
Police obtained a search warrant for Hill’s phone on Sept. 27, 2016. They found several pictures of heroin and heroin capsules along with text messages in which people asked Hill and her boyfriend to obtain drugs for them. The text exchanges included the type of drug along with the price and details about delivery.
During the investigation, police also discovered that Hill had taken her 11-year-old son with her on several drug transactions. A DCS worker said Hill and Arthur would drive to Richmond or Muncie to pick up drugs.
The child reported seeing Hill and Arthur “hand someone money” and then “get a bag in return,” court documents said. The child said the “two of them would sometimes snort whatever was in the bag as soon as they got it and then drive crazy heading home.”
Hill faces several charges, including possession of a narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance and three counts of neglect of a dependent.