Father of heroin-toting toddler charged

The New Jersey man whose toddler was found toting heroin into a daycare center earlier this week, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The child’s father, 27-year-old Phillip Young, was arrested and being held on $85,000 bail on Tuesday.

An employee of the daycare center in Paterson, New Jersey, about 20 miles west of New York City, discovered 48 glassine envelopes of heroin packets in the 2-year-old’s jacket on Monday, though, there was no reason to believe the child had any knowledge of it or that other children there were exposed to the drugs, NorthJersey.com reported. The employee called police, who then discovered that the father had taken the child to the daycare center that day, according to Reuters.

NBC New York reported on Tuesday that parents of the other children said that they had not been told what was found. The daycare center, called Michael’s Energy Factory, gave no comment.

Lindsey Bever is a national news reporter for The Washington Post. She writes for the Morning Mix news blog. Tweet her: @lindseybever
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