Philly: Black Muslim Mom & Boyfriend Charged After 6 Yr Old Daughter Brings Heroin Stash To School [Mugshots]
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Twenty first grade students were taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Tuesday after police say a six-year-old student brought eleven packs of heroin into a classroom at Commodore John Barry Elementary School at 59th and Race Streets.
Police say they were called to the scene after a first-grade teacher saw one of her pupils playing with the packets. Two of the packets had been opened, investigators say, and one had been chewed open.
Lt. John Walker explained, “We know that one of the packages clearly looks like it was bitten and we do have one student saying that the young lady who did bring the substance to school did have that packet in her mouth.”
The mother of the drug-carrying 6-year-old declined to comment as she left the school to be interviewed by detectives. Meanwhile, police say the search of the school found no other narcotics in the school and all 20 students were examined and released.
Late Tuesday, police told Eyewitness News, they searched the child’s home and expect to file charges against the child’s mother and her boyfriend.
NBC10 Philly reports the mother Marie Hunter and her boyfriend Christopher Troy-Jenkins White have not been charged in connection with the heroin. The two are facing other charges though which include marijuana possession, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. The condition of the home was filthy and 18 packages of pot was found in the home. So not only did they leave heroin laying around within reach of children, they lived in squalor. The 6 year old and her 3 siblings are in the custody of –DHS (Department of Human Services).
The mother of a 6-year-old girl and her boyfriend face charges after the girl allegedly brought heroin to her Philadelphia elementary school.
Marie Hunter, 32, was questioned by police on Tuesday while her Viola Street home was earched. Early Wednesday, officials announced Hunter and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Christopher Troy-Jenkins White, were charged with reckless endangerment,endangering the welfare of a child and narcotics offenses stemming from the incident.
While they were both arrested and charged by police, so far the District Attorney’s Office has only approved charges against both Hunter and White for endangering the welfare of a child in relation to the condition of the home, not the heroin. The DA also approved possession of marijuana charges against White.
The 6-year-old girl’s mother as well as her boyfriend were taken into custody and a search warrant was served at her home in the Parkside section of the city. Investigators say conditions inside the house are filthy and investigators found 18 marijuana packets.
The mother remained in police custody Wednesday. Both the girl and her three siblings will be cared for by DHS officials.
Tamika Gore, a relative of the young girl, spoke to NBC10.
“She probably found it,” Gore said. “I have no idea. I know it ain’t come from her house. I know that for a fact.”
Making matters worse, according to LT. John Walker (see video report at above link) the heroin was laced with fentanyl.
The plot thickens:
Police searching the home where the little girl lived on Tuesday night say they found 18 packets of marijuana stuffed into the pocket of a shirt. The first grader, police sources say, found the heroin packets in the pocket of her pants and, not realizing what the substance was, began playing with the packets on her desk. A teacher spotted the packets, confiscated them, and notified police.
Hmm… My guess is that no heroin was found inside the home because the 6 year old had the entire stash of heroin on her.