Woman admits taking girl on drug-fuelled joyride

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Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:50 PM ET

An Etobicoke woman admitted Monday she took her friend’s young daughter on a drug-fuelled joyride that resulted in two separate collisions.

Crown attorney Katherine Rogozinski said Tara Hebscher abducted Jessica, the four-year-old daughter of Veronica Wentzell and her common-law spouse, Ryan McCormick, on May 29, 2010.

Hebscher, 49, pleaded guilty to impaired driving and failing to stop. Justice John McMahon will sentence her on May 3.

Doctors diagnosed Hebscher with a drug overdose and blood tests found she had “very high levels of codeine and Oxycodone along with trace elements of methadone,” Rogozinski said.

“The levels of codeine and Oxycodone in her blood exceeded therapeutic levels and may have caused toxicity,” she said.

In reading an agreed statement of fact, Rogozinski said Wentzell and Jessica visited Hebscher’s home to use her bathroom. 

While Wentzell was in the washroom, Hebscher fled in her van with Jessica. Initially, Wentzell thought her friend -- who hadnít asked for permission to take the child -- had gone with Jessica to the store.

When Wentzell discovered an empty Oxycontin prescription bottle she feared the worst and at 11 p.m. reported her child was abducted, Rogozinski said.


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