Man Arrested After Toddler Son Brings Heroin To Daycare

By McCarton Ackerman 03/13/14

The New Jersey father loaded his son's jacket with dozens of glassine envelopes of heroin, though authorities were unsure if they were for sale or personal use.

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Phillip Young won’t be winning Father of the Year anytime soon. The 27-year-old from New Jersey was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child after his toddler son brought 48 packets of heroin to daycare.

A worker at the daycare center in the town of Patterson discovered the glassine envelopes of heroin stuffed into the child’s jacket. It’s unclear whether Young was selling the heroin or it was for personal use, but there was no indication that the child was aware the drugs were in his jacket. Young is currently being held on $85,000 bail.

Unfortunately, this is hardly the first time drugs have made their way into a daycare center. Last month, an Indiana woman was arrested after four children suffered drug overdoses at her facility. Stephanie Gribble was booked on four preliminary counts of neglect of a dependent after the kids reportedly were given a combination of over-the-counter and prescription medication. The Family and Social Services Administration had also been pursuing legal action against Gribble for years for repeatedly running a daycare without a license.

Across the country, a California woman was also arrested last January for selling drugs out of her unlicensed day care facility while children were present. Cocaine, psychedelic mushrooms, pot, and ecstasy were found at the Long Beach residence of 49-year-old Debbie Louis Felix. She was booked on two outstanding warrants and charged with drug possession, but for reasons unknown did not face child endangerment charges.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.