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Illinois mother charged for heroin abuse

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Nicole Edwards, 31, has been charged with a misdemeanor of endangering the life and health of a child and two felony counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. By KMOV Web Producer Nicole Edwards, 31, has been charged with a misdemeanor of endangering the life and health of a child and two felony counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. By KMOV Web Producer

(KMOV) -- On Tuesday, an Illinois mother was charged with a misdemeanor charge of endangering the life and health of a child and two felony counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Nicole Edwards, 31, from Cottage Hills, Illinois, was charged with after two separate investigations were performed by the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

The first incident resulted in the aquisition of a substance suspected to be heroin from Edwards' 11-year-old daughter on January 4, 2012.  The daughter reportedly found the capsules containing residual amounts of the substance on a dresser in their home.  According to reports, the child showed Edwards the capsules after they were discovered and Edwards told her they were vitamins after she took them from her child.

The capsules were turned over to police after the child provided them to a family member.

The second incident occurred on January 20, 2012 around 11:49 a.m.  Police responded to a traffic accident on the first block of Ray Street in Cottage Hills.

Police identified Edwards as the driver who caused the accident after she hit a parked car.

Edwards was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs after a search of her vehicle resulted in the discovery of 37 heroin capsules.

Edwards' bond has been set at $40,000.

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