A Northfield woman has been arrested and charged with drug possession and child neglect after police say they found heroin, Valium and drug paraphernalia in her home, all of which were accessible by her 13-month-old child.
Danielle Elizabeth Bergson, 23, is charged with two felony counts of fifth-degree drug possession, each of which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, and child neglect, a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Rice County District Court, Northfield Police investigated a home burglary on Sept. 19 in which someone stole jewelry. On Oct. 14, Faribault Police were notified of a burglary there; the homeowner said she noticed that some of her dresser drawers were slightly ajar, and when she checked them, she found that some of her jewelry was missing.
On Oct. 10, an officer stopped a car in Northfield and noticed a bag of jewelry inside the car; Bergson was a passenger. That jewelry has not been identified as stolen.
Police spoke to Bergson on Oct. 29, and she denied being involved in any burglaries. She admitted that she had visited pawn shops in the past and that she had used heroin the day before, then asked to speak to an attorney. She refused to allow officers to search her home.
Police returned to Bergson’s home later that day with a search warrant and found bags containing heroin residue, syringes and spoons that tested positive for the presence of heroin. An officer noted that the spoons and syringes would have been easily accessible by a child.
Police also found Valium pills in Bergson’s home, according to the complaint.
While police executed the search warrant, Bergson’s 13-month-old child was with her. The child was placed in protective custody.
Investigators obtained pawn shop records and learned that Bergson had pawned jewelry stolen from Faribault on Oct. 14 and from Northfield on Oct. 19, earning a total of $691, according to the complaint.
Bergson remains in the Rice County Jail on a $15,000 bond. She is scheduled to make an initial appearance on the charges Nov. 14 in Rice County District Court.