MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Maple Grove mother has been charged after police say she had been supplying a 12-year-old girl with heroin and marijuana.
Rebecca Rachelle Hill, 37, was arrested on Oct. 13 after police received a report from Macy’s at Mall of America, claiming they caught the woman and young girl stealing clothing from the store.
Hill told police her name was Michelle Monet Moss and that she was from California and was homeless. After a brief search, police confirmed that no one by that name existed.
Hill was eventually identified with a Biometric Identification machine. Once identified, officers determined she had a warrant out for her arrest.
On Oct. 14, police were contacted by the girl’s father who said for the past several weeks Hill had been giving her heroin and marijuana and driving her around in a stolen vehicle.
Medical records showed the girl had both heroin and marijuana in her system. She told police Hill would give her heroin to smoke three times a day. She said she was starting to feel ill from withdrawal and that she last used heroin the day Hill was arrested.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Hill regularly shoplifted with her daughter.
“They would take all sorts of clothes fence them and then buy heroin,” Freeman said in an interview Monday.
Police discovered that a relative let Hill borrow their vehicle for one day, but she refused to give it back. The relative said she reported the vehicle as stolen. She also told police she thought Hill and the girl were using heroin.
Hill admitted that she took the car, that they drove to the Mall of America with the intention of stealing clothing and that she had been giving her daughter heroin. She said she usually brings her daughter with her when she shoplifts and added that they share the same interests.
She said she continued giving her daughter heroin to try and prevent her from getting sick due to withdrawal symptoms.
Hill has been charged with second-degree sale of a controlled substance, endangerment of a child and theft of a motor vehicle.
“The good news now is that the daughter is in the custody of her father,” Freeman said. “She gone to the hospital to detox from being on heroin and the mother is incarcerated.”
He added: “We need to stop the wrong doing to the child first. And secondly we need to make sure this mother is not in a condition to do it again.”