A young New Jersey child, age 2, was sent off to his childcare center on Monday with packets of heroin inside the pockets of his jacket, stated New Jersey police reports. Police investigators arrested the toddler’s father, Phillip Young, age 27, for jeopardizing the safety and well-being of his son. The child was discovered to have the heroin sachets inside his coat after he arrived at his daycare which was located in Paterson, New Jersey. This childcare center is about 21 miles to the southwest of New York City and that was where the episode happened. One of the daycare employees discovered that the youngster had nearly 50 envelopes of heroin packed in different pockets and areas of his jacket.
As soon at the heroin was found, the, the childcare staff member rang up the Paterson, New Jersey police department. They soon arrived on the scene and figured out that the toddler’s father, Young, had brought the child to the daycare earlier in the day. Soon after this, the New Jersey police arrested the alleged offender, according to Paterson police.
Numerous parents who send their children to the daycare spoke to the public and stated that they were very upset that there had been heroin found at the childcare center. They also stated that they were never told about the drugs. The day care did not give any response for public comments. One parent spoke out and stated that how her daughter might have found a pack of heroin on the floor and ate it, believing it to be candy. She was extremely upset with the entire situation.
The police has charged Young with numerous drug felonies and also with the fact of endangering the well-being of a child. He is now being held on $85,000 bail. The investigators stated that they do not think the small child had any knowledge of the various packs of heroin which were placed in his coat nor had he ever been exposed to them. Nevertheless, such danger was extremely great, as there have been numerous reports of highly dangerous heroin laced with deadly painkillers that have been sold around the Paterson, New Jersey region.
Some of the heroin that has been believed as coming out of Paterson has been stated to have been missed with a type of painkiller known as fentanyl. It is believed to have caused nearly a dozen deaths in and around the area in recent times. Fentanyl is a man-made painkiller which is nearly 100 times as strong as morphine.
Regrettably, this time is not the first that the selling of heroin has affected innocent very young children. There were heroin happy meals discovered at a Pittsburgh McDonald’s back in January of this year when Pennsylvania police arrested restaurant worker Shantia Dennis. She had allegedly been using her job as a cover-up in order to be able to deal her drugs and had told her drug customers beforehand to say to her they wanted to order a toy so she would know in code they wanted to purchase heroin from her.
By Kimberly Ruble
The San Francisco Gate