Police in Philadelphia are investigating how a 5-year-old boy managed to bring 22 bags of crack cocaine to a day care center this week.
The 5-year-old's stash was discovered after a teacher's aide at St. Cyprian Children's Center noticed a bulge in the boy's pocket around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. That's when the aide found a plastic baggie containing the individually wrapped baggies. The aide confiscated the bag and turned it over to the director of the center who immediately called police.
The boy was reportedly told by his father, who lives in Upper Darby, to leave the bag in his pocket and not take it out, NBC News reported.
According to a statement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the staff at the children's daycare are fully cooperating with authorities.
"The aide reported the matter to an administrator, who immediately called 911. Police responded to the call and determined the substance in the bag to be crack-cocaine," the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said in a statement. "Law enforcement secured the bag and removed it from the premises. Staff and administration from the Children’s Center have cooperated fully with police during the course of their investigative work throughout the day and will continue to do so. Information regarding this matter was communicated to all families served by the Children’s Center earlier today. We are grateful to the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response and their ongoing partnership with us in maintaining safe environments for the children and young people entrusted to the care of the Church and her various ministries."
The drugs were not passed out to any of the other children. No injuries were reported.
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