Dad arrested after 5 yr. old son brings heroin to school, says it makes him feel like Spider-Man


Photo: Holyoke Police Department

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WTVO) — 29-year-old Benny Garcia was indicted on charges of drug possession and reckless endangerment of a child Friday after his 5-year-old son brought a bag of heroin to kindergarten.

According to the Holyoke Police Department, officers were called to the H.B. Lawrence Elementary school at 11 a.m. on Thursday for a report of a powdery substance.

Police said a boy had a plastic bag stamped with an image of Spider-Man, and told his teacher that when he eats or tastes the powder, he turned into the superhero.

The boy took the bags from his home, police said.

Police received permission from the boy’s mother to search the home, and when they did, they found Garcia sleeping on his bed with bags of heroin beneath him.

Police said they found 170 bags of heroin and 48 bags of cocaine, some of them which fell out of Garcia’s pockets as police were arresting him.

“The officers located the same sort of baggie (of) heroin stamped ‘Spider-Man’ that the child brought to school in a dresser drawer of the defendant’s bedroom,” Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Green said in court. 

According to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Garcia became “very emotional” when police told him they were there for a situation involving his son.

The boy was taken to the hospital and is Ok, authorities said, adding that the bag was sealed, and the boy may have only put the bag in his mouth and not ingested it.

The boy was removed from the home by social services.


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