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7-year-old takes heroin to school; grandmother arrested

Boy brings heroin to school

CALN TWP., Pa. - A 56-year-old woman is facing charges after police said her 7-year-old grandson took her heroin to school.

Police were called to the Caln Elementary School at 3609 Lincoln Highway in Thorndale, Chester County, on Friday , after police found several packets of heroin in the boy's first grade class.

Pauline Bilinski-Munion told police she 'lost track' of the heroin at her house in the unit block of Woodland Avenue in Modena while she was babysitting the boy and a one-year-old baby on Thursday, according to court documents.

A teacher at Caln Elementary heard that one of the students had drugs, and teachers spoke with the 7-year-old boy and found nine bags of heroin in his pants pocket, officials said.

The heroin was stamped 'Victoria Secret.' The child initially claimed he found the drugs in the school yard, but later admitted he brought the drugs from home, police said.

The mother of another child at the school found her child with a bag of the heroin, and she told police that her child got the drugs from the boy.

"Heroin in an elementary school is a nightmare. Any exposure to heroin for a young child is likely to result in death. The defendant is lucky that she was not responsible for the death of her own grandson or somebody else's child," said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.

Bilinski-Munion was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of children and drug offenses. She was committed to the Chester County Prison on $25,000 bail.


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