By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In East Orange, New Jersey, a father stashed or stored a bag of cocaine in his son’s clothing. The boy went to a day care center and thought that the cocaine was candy and gave it to three other children in the day care center. Since the boy was only four years old, there is certainly no wrong doing on the part of the boy who innocently believed that the cocaine was candy or food. Typically, day care centers do not search through a child’s pocket or back pack upon entry to the day care center. While this is not required, it may be a good practice to follow with the consent of the parents who enroll their children at the day care center. Children often times bring other objects into school like coins, small toys, and other items. Small children are at risk for poisoning and choking incidents. As such, all possible and practical safety measures should be utilized by the day care center as well as parents who send their children to the day care center. The father, who stored the cocaine in his son’s clothes, was not only negligent. He was also guilty of a crime for doing so. Of course, the father will be entitled to a defense on these charges. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, this incident shows the dangers of children bringing drugs, poisons, and other items into day care centers that can harm or cause the choking of children. You can read more about this story at Child Consumes Cocaine at New Jersey Day Care Center.