A Pennsylvania grandmother has been accused of something much more serious
than allowing her grandson to overindulge in sweets while in her care.
Instead, this 56-year-old woman has been arrested and is facing
drug charges after the child apparently gained access to illegal substances in the
home. The boy, who is 7, allegedly took several containers of the drug
to his school.
The elementary school staff reported the incident to police as soon as
they became aware of the situation. The child reportedly had more than
eight plastic bags of heroin in his possession when he went to his first
grade class earlier this month. He apparently gave one of the bags to
another classmate, whose mother found it in the child's belongings
later that day.
Police went the following day to the child's home in order to conduct
a search. Once inside, they purportedly found additional containers of
the illegal substance. The grandmother, who has been characterized as
having a drug-related problem, was taken into police custody and subsequently
charged with regard to the substance as well as endangering the welfare
This woman is facing a serious situation. Not only does she have drug charges
filed against her, but the accusation of endangering minors only adds
to the weight of the allegations. Pennsylvania laws will ensure that her
rights are protected as she considers how best to proceed in these circumstances.
Her defense counsel will likely review and assess the evidence that the
state intends to present against her in preparation for the court proceedings
to come. As the prosecution is put to its proof, efforts may also be made
to explore the possibility of reaching an accord with prosecutors to plead
guilty to specified charges in exchange for favorable treatment in the
form of reduced charges or sentencing concessions.
Source: nydailynews.com, "Pennsylvania 7-year-old brought grandma's heroin to first-grade class: cops", Meg Wagner, May 7, 2014