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Dental Assistant Dead, Former ASC Co-worker Charged After They Stole Vial of Morphine and Shot Each Other Up

Investigation into the woman's overdose has led to charges of burglary, larceny and manslaughter against friend and former ASC colleague.

Published: September 28, 2017

JESSICA HILL Former ASC employee now charged with manslaughter on top of burglary and larceny charges.

An oral surgeon assistant is dead from a drug overdose and her friend and former co-worker is charged with manslaughter, burglary and larceny after police say the women broke into an oral and maxillofacial surgery center a year ago, stole a vial of morphine and returned to the assistant's home to shoot each other up.

Though police have not released the overdose victim's identity, she is believed to be Jessica Vigue, 44, the lead dental assistant at the Connecticut Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Center in Mansfield, Conn. Her friend, Jessica Hill, 46, who police say also once worked at the facility, now faces manslaughter charges.

After a night of drug use, police say Ms. Hill left Ms. Vigue's house early the next morning, but returned to the house after she heard her friend had passed away. Officials at the surgery center say they discovered they were missing a bottle of morphine the day Ms. Vigue passed away and reported it to the police.

When first questioned, police say Ms. Hill omitted details regarding their late-night trip to the surgical center, claiming instead that they'd spent the night in, not drinking, before Ms. Vigue decided to go to bed and Ms. Hill chose to sleep on the sofa. She later made another statement in which she admitted to withholding information, according to the affidavit obtained by Outpatient Surgery.

Ms. Hill explained that they had been drinking and that she drove Ms. Vigue to the surgical center that night so they could steal morphine. Ms. Hill also admitted she was aware of Ms. Vigue's addiction to morphine and her past struggles with heroin addiction.

After a few months of investigation, Ms. Hill, having no previous criminal record, was arrested on Dec. 26, 2016, and charged with 2 felony counts of burglary and 3 misdemeanor counts of larceny and drug possession. She was released after posting a bond of $10,000 and awaits trial for these charges.

What seems to have prompted the recent manslaughter charges is the autopsy report filed in January 2017, which classifies Ms. Vigue's death as a homicide. Consistent with Ms. Hill's own version of events, Ms. Vigue injected herself with morphine but was also aided by the help of another.

Ms. Hill turned herself in on Monday, after the warrant was issued, and she was released after posting another bond of $50,000. Her trial is set for Oct. 11. Ms. Hill faces 1 to 5 years and/or up to $5,000 in fines for each count of burglary as well as a maximum of 10 years and/or up to $10,000 for manslaughter.

Joe Madsen

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