2009-02-12 / Local & State

Man Charged After 5 Pa. Boys Found With Heroin

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _- A Philadelphia man has been arrested on drug and other charges a day after five secondgrade boys were found with packets of heroin that they were passing around in their elementary school.

Police say 35-year-old Robert Parks is charged with possession of narcotics, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment of another person. He's in police custody and it's unclear whether he has an attorney. A hearing is set for Feb. 24.

Authorities say a teacher at Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary School in South Philadelphia spotted the boys with the packets Tuesday. A school district spokesman says one boy put a small amount of the drug in his mouth but quickly spit it out.

The boys were taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a precaution but later released. Philadelphia Police Lt. Frank Vanore says he doesn't know whether they were back in school on Wednesday.

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