ST. CHARLES – A 27-year-old woman was charged with endangering the life or health of a child she was supposed to be watching, as she was found unconscious after using heroin, according to police reports obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
The misdemeanor charge was filed against Rachael A. Sturkey of the 1500 block of Patricia Lane, St. Charles, on June 16; Sturkey turned herself in to the St. Charles Police Department on June 22 and posted $500 bond or 10 percent of $5,000 bail that was set, police reports stated.
The charge against Sturkey stems from an incident on April 8 when she was at her parents’ house – where she also lives – reports stated. The child had been dropped off on Feb. 28 for Sturkey to see the child while the child’s guardian went out of town for work, police reports stated.
When the child’s guardian arrived to pick him up on April 8, he found the front door slightly ajar and Sturkey lying unconscious on the bathroom floor with a needle in her hand, and a small amount of blood on her jeans and on the floor, police reports stated.
The guardian tried to wake Sturkey up to find out where the child was, eventually calling 911, reports stated.
The child was found unharmed, but wandering alone in a fenced backyard on the side of the house, reports stated.
The guardian told police that Sturkey was a heroin user for many years, but she had said she was clean and not using, the report stated.
When police arrived, Sturkey was standing at the front door, reports stated. She declined that there ever was a needle, but could not explain what was going on.
St. Charles paramedics checked Sturkey and decided to take her to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, the report stated.
Police reported the incident to the Department of Children and Family Services, the report stated. Police learned through the DCFS investigation that Sturkey had admitted to using heroin on April 8, resulting in the charge of child endangerment, the report stated.
Sturkey is scheduled to appear in Kane County Branch court Aug. 31, court records show.
Sturkey was paroled from the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln on Dec. 16, 2016, after pleading guilty in DuPage County to one count of possession of a controlled substance, according to records from the DuPage Circuit Court and Illinois Department of Corrections.
In that case, Sturkey had been found June 14, 2016, in a hotel room “littered with items of drug paraphernalia and narcotics” and had an infant with her, DuPage court records show.
When she was informed that police were getting a search warrant for the hotel room, Sturkey fled, but was later picked up in Indiana on another case and returned to DuPage County, court records show.
Through an agreement in which Sturkey pleaded guilty, she was given credit for the five months she served in the DuPage County Jail, was admitted to Logan on Dec. 8, 2016, and released eight days later on parole, a year ahead of her discharge date on Dec. 18, 2017, DuPage and state records show.
Sturkey was also previously charged in Kane County in 2011 with felony forgery and in 2012 with possession of a controlled substance, which contained heroin, and drug paraphernalia – three syringes – according to court records.
Sturkey pleaded guilty in the forgery case and was referred to Drug Rehabilitation Court; she pleaded guilty to drug possession in the next case and continued attending drug court until she completed it on Dec. 17, 2014, court records show.
The Kane County Drug Rehabilitation Court is a specialty court that provides an alternative to incarceration when a crime is connected to drug addiction, according to its website, www.countyofkane.org. Those who are accepted into the program must submit to twice weekly drug testing and come to court every week, among other conditions.