COPY-5-year-old passes out heroin at day care

Associated Press - June 15, 2007 11:53 AM ET

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Police in Buffalo, New York, say that wasn't candy a 5-year-old boy was handing out at a day care center -- it was heroin.

Some children apparently swallowed some of the drug, but no one was seriously hurt. Six children were rushed to a hospital and later released.

Police say the boy gave small packets of heroin to his sisters and friends Tuesday morning, thinking it was candy.

His parents say he must have found the drug as his mother walked him and his two sisters to day care. The father says it was wrapped in waxed paper decorated with smiley faces.

The parents insist the heroin didn't come from their house.

Their children were taken into protective custody pending a July Eleventh court date. And state officials have suspended operations at the day care center while they investigate.

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