A New Jersey father was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly sent his toddler son to daycare with heroin packets in his jacket.
Phillips Young, 27, of Paterson, N.J., was arrested and held on $85,000 bail Tuesday, Reuters reported. An employee at Paterson daycare center Michael’s Energy Factor noticed that the 2-year-old boy had 48 glassine envelopes of heroin in his jacket, Paterson Police Lt. Bert Ribeiro told the Paterson Press.
Police were able to find out that the toddler had been taken to daycare by his father. The toddler was not aware that there was heroin in his jacket, according to Reuters, and police told the Paterson Press that there were no indications that the other children at the daycare center had been exposed to the heroin.
Parents who send their children to Michael’s Energy Factory told NBC New York that they were concerned that there was heroin at the daycare center. They also said they weren’t notified about the drugs. Michael’s Energy Factory didn’t respond to a request for comment from NBC New York.
"My daughter sees something on the floor, puts it in her mouth thinking it's candy -- same thing could have happened here," parent Dulce Ibanez told the local TV station.