An individual teacher’s aide for a child with a disability told police she snorts heroin two or three times a day after becoming addicted to painkillers.
Aubrey Murden, 23, was taken into police custody after a traffic stop in Caseyville by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 10, according to a police report. She told police she had cervical cancer, and had become addicted to pain pills. Since her doctor took her off the pain pills, Murden told police, she had used heroin five times.
At the time of her arrest, Murden had heroin in her purse for “personal use,” according to the police report. Police took four capsules of what they presumed to be heroin and an inhaler pipe from Murden.
Murden was released after her arrest, pending lab results. The results confirmed that Murden had heroin in her possession. She was charged Sept. 5 with possession of less than 15 grams of heroin, and a warrant for her arrest was issued Sept. 1. As of Monday, she had not been taken into custody.
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Murden is an individual-care aide with Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative, according to the St. Clair County Regional Office of Education. Jeff Daugherty, director of BASSC, said Murden is not in a classroom, nor is she around students currently. He would not confirm if she had worked with students prior to the charges, however.
School districts are not allowed to take adverse employment actions based on charges, Daugherty said. Districts are also limited as to what they can say on personnel issues.
BASSC works with schools across the metro-east to help students with disabilities, behavior disorders, hearing impairments, cognitive disorders and autism. They provide special education programs to those students who fall into those categories and may need extra help.