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Mom, boyfriend face charges after first-grader heroin scare in Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA - The mother of a child who brought bags of heroin to her first-grade classroom in Philadelphia was awaiting formal charges on Wednesday, along with her boyfriend, after both were taken into custody by police following the Tuesday incident.

An entire class of first-graders at Commodore John Barry Elementary School were taken to a hospital for examination after a teacher saw a 6-year-old girl playing with what appeared to be narcotics, said Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.

Officers discovered 10 to 12 bags of heroin in the classroom, some of which may have been opened or chewed on.

The identities of the mother and her boyfriend were not immediately released. Police said the two will be charged with reckless endangerment and related offenses.

Little said 20 children were taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. None showed signs of injury and all of the children have been released to their parents, she said.