Monday's toddler heroin incident at a New Jersey daycare has resulted in the arrest of the child's father. According to police, 48 glassine envelopes containing heroin were found in the 2-year-old toddler's jacket. As reported by NorthJersey.com on March 11, the heroin was discovered by an employee at the daycare, Michael's Energy Factory, which is located in Paterson, New Jersey, almost 20 miles west of New York City.
The negligent father of the toddler was identified as 27-year-old Phillip Young, and he is now being charged with endangering the welfare of a child, which is a felony. He was taken in custody and he is currently being held on $85,000 bail.
The toddler heroin incident unnerved parents who had children in attendance at the daycare during the time it occurred. Dulce Ibanez, a parent, spoke to media sources regarding the incident and she said..."My daughter sees something on the floor, puts it in her mouth thinking it's candy -- same thing could have happened here."
A report from the NY Daily News explained that police believe the toddler was unaware of the drugs in his jacket and they also don't suspect that any other children at the daycare came into contact with the heroin.
This is not the first instance of a toddler having heroin in their possession. In July of last year, a father was charged with manslaughter after his 23-month-old son died from ingesting heroin while in the family home.
The toddler's parents 30-year-old Simon Jones and 34-year-old Emma Bradburn received six and four year prison sentences, respectively, for their role in the child's tragic death.
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