Needles Found in Infant's Crib: Cops

Hypodermic needles, beer cans and other drug paraphernalia was found in and around the crib of a Grayslake infant

By Dominic Trombino
|  Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011  |  Updated 8:33 AM CDT
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Ashley Merz, 23, and Jason Tomblin, 27, are being charged in connection with hypodermic needles and other substances being found in and around their infant's crib.

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A couple from Grayslake were charged after police found hypodermic needles in and around their 3 year old's crib.

Grayslake police came to the house on June 7 in connection to an unrelated warrant when officers made observations that led them to request a search, the Daily Herald reports.

Once police entered the bedroom shared by Ashley Merz, 23, Jason Tomblin, 27, and their infant son, they discovered eight hypodermic syringes, some uncapped, in and around the child's crib, said Grayslake police Commander Matt McCutcheon.

McCutcheon said police also found white powder residue, unidentified pills, cannabis paraphernalia, beer cans and cigarette butts around the room.

The infant does not permanently live at the residence but sleeps there regularly, according to McCutcheon.

Merz was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing justice. Tomblin was charged with obstruction of justice, destroying evidence and failure to appear in court.

McCutcheon said the state's attorney's office will not charge the couple with child endangerment, but the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the infant's living situation.

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