Philly Police asking how 5-year-old boy brought crack cocaine to day care

Tim Jimenez
May 15, 2019 - 7:57 am
St. Cyprian Children’s Center

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UPDATE: 11:50 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Police say a young boy brought packets of crack cocaine to daycare Tuesday. 

Police say the 5-year-old had 22 purple packets of crack cocaine with him as he entered St. Cyprian Children's Center on Cedar Avenue right off the Cobbs Creek Parkway.

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The Archdiocese of Philadelphia says the center is cooperating with police as they look into what happened.

A mother dropping her child off Wednesday morning, and who didn't wish to give her name, said she's very concerned but grateful for the way the school handled the situation.

"I was in shock at first, but very glad that the staff member was able to confiscate [the drugs] right away. That's why I have a lot of trust in this school," she said. "If it were somewhere else, that doesn't know their children the way this school knows their children, it wouldn't happen that way. So, I trust them and am glad it happened the way that it did."

Investigators say a teacher's aide noticed the kid was acting strange and it looked like he had a toy in his pocket. But police say it was a sandwich bag filled with the drugs. School officials then called 911.

Police say the drugs weren't passed around, and no other kids touched the stuff. They are investigating the boy's father. Charges have not been filed.