Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 13, 2013

Willow's mom appears on drug-related charge

Jackson Adams
Effingham Daily News

SHELBYVILLE — Ciara DeRyke stood before a Shelby County judge Wednesday morning to face a drug-related charge.

DeRyke, 26, of Watson, was cited in October for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, namely a wooden and metallic hitter box used to store marijuana. The item was discovered after her vehicle ran off the road in an accident on Oct. 14. In addition to the drug charge, she was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. DeRyke posted $150 bail and was released after the arrest. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in county jail.

In her first appearance Wednesday in Shelby County Circuit Court, DeRyke stated she had been unemployed since May 15 and had been living with her parents since then. She said she had approximately $1 in her checking account and asked for a public defender to represent her. She will appear again in court on Dec. 9.

DeRyke is the older sister of Justin DeRyke, who is accused of murdering Willow Long, Ciara's daughter, in September south of Watson.