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A New Town woman was arrested early Tuesday on child neglect and drug charges after Bismarck police say she failed a field sobriety test and they found drugs and drug paraphernalia within reach of the children in her vehicle.

Heather Bruce, 29, was stopped by police about 2:25 a.m. Police said they found a smoking device and tinfoil in her clothing, and she allegedly admitted to having heroin in the console of the vehicle. Officers also said they found tinfoil containing heroin residue in the console, within reach of one child, and a similar piece of tinfoil in a diaper bag on the lap of a small child. She admitted to police that she had smoked heroin about eight hours before she was pulled over, according to an affidavit.

There were four children under the age of 10 in the vehicle, including an infant.

Bruce made her initial court appearance Tuesday. She faces a felony child neglect charge along with misdemeanors for possession of heroin and paraphernalia, DUI and driving under revocation. She is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in lieu of $500 bail.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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