A 56-year-old Pennsylvania woman was arrested after her 7-year-old grandson told officials at his school that the heroin he brought on campus was taken from her home, KYW-TV reported on Monday.
Pauline Bilinski-Munion was charged with child endangerment on top of drug-related charges after a teacher at Caln Elementary in Coatesville confronted the boy, a first-grader, on Friday after overhearing him tell a classmate he brought nine bags containing the drug to school.
After initially saying he found the bag on school grounds, the boy later reportedly admitted to taking it out of the suspect’s home and gave a baggie to another classmate.
“We’re lucky we don’t have a dead seven-year-old on our hands from ingesting heroin,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan told KYW.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Bilinski-Munion was babysitting the boy and a 1-year-old boy when he took the drugs from her home. The suspect admitted to being an active heroin user, and told authorities she found a bag of heroin outside her home and kept it “in case of an emergency.”
The suspect is being held in Chester County Prison on $25,000 bail.
Meanwhile, the school was also criticized for its handling of the incident, after reportedly sending a notice to parents that was described as “late and vague.” Hogan told KYW he found out through media reports, and not from Caln officials.
“The school district didn’t call 911,” he was quoted as saying. “Didn’t call the DA’s office. Did not freeze all the kids in place. Did not call emergency personnel to see if the kids were okay.”
Watch KYW’s report, as aired on Monday, below.
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