Cops: Upstate mother drugged herself, daughter

Julie Ann Kelley (Source: WYFF)
Julie Ann Kelley (Source: WYFF)

PIEDMONT, S.C. (AP/WYFF) - Authorities say Piedmont woman wanted on breach of trust charges tried to kill herself and her 10-year-old daughter.

Anderson County sheriff's deputies say they went to an apartment last week to serve a warrant accusing 43-year-old Julie Ann Kelley of taking thousands of dollars from the Greenville Hospital System Credit Union.

They found Kelley and her daughter both unresponsive in a bedroom, along with a note supposedly written by the woman.

Chad McBride, with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, said, "The deputy -- being persistent in his job, trying to locate Ms. Kelley with the outstanding warrant -- was definitely crucial in saving her life and her daughter's life.

"Luckily, whatever feeling he got, and sometimes we do get -- we do sense things and feel things that maybe are out of the ordinary -- and I think that maybe played a part in this to him actually this time needing to get into that residence and found them unresponsive."

Deputies say Kelley and her daughter were taken to the hospital and treated for overdoses of prescription medication.

Authorities say Kelley's daughter has been released from the hospital and is staying with relatives.

Investigators said Kelley was employed at the Greenville Hospital System Credit Union. Police said Kelley resigned and supervisors checked her drawer, and said she had taken more than $7,000 in cash from Oct. 2012 to Dec. 2012. They said she also cashed two checks at the credit union with insufficient funds.

Kelley has now also been charged with attempted murder. It was not known if she had an attorney.

"It could have definitely went another direction and, especially for the child, we're very thankful that our deputy was persistent in his actions and was able to locate the two," McBride said.

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