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Police: Seven Year Old Brought Heroin to School

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Bilinski-Munion was arrested Sunday after an intensive weekend investigation by the Chester County Detectives. Bilinski-Munion was arrested Sunday after an intensive weekend investigation by the Chester County Detectives.

Police arrested a Chester County woman after her relative brought heroin to school.

Police say Pauline Bilinski-Munion, 56 left heroin out in her home while taking care of her grandchildren. On Friday, her seven-year old grandson found some of the heroin, and brought it into Caln Elementary School.

A teacher at the school heard that one of the students had drugs. Teachers spoke with the child and located nine bags of heroin in his pants pocket. The heroin was stamped “Victoria Secret.” Police say he distributed it to at least one other child.

The boy initially claimed that he found the drugs in the school yard, but later admitted that he brought the drugs from home. The drugs were turned over to the Coatesville Area School District (“CASD”) police.

“Heroin in an elementary school is a nightmare. Any exposure to heroin for a young child is likely to result in death. The defendant is lucky that she was not responsible for the death of her own grandson or somebody else’s child,”said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.

The CASD Solicitor, James Ellison, failed to notify the District Attorney’s Office.Instead, Ellison put out a notice to parents that a “dangerous and illegal” substance was found in the grass at recess and that parents should check to see if their children had any of the substance.

The notice also suggested that the parents might want to take their children to the emergency room for an evaluation.

The District Attorney then immediately assigned Chester County Detectives to do an emergency investigation.

Detectives found heroin bags in the home, as well as an empty heroin bag in a pair of children’s shorts.

The Detectives also located another student from Caln Elementary School who had contact with the Child. This student also is seven years old. The student’s mother informed the detectives that, while walking in the Exton Square Mall at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, she found the student in possession of a bag of heroin stamped “Victoria Secret.”

The student stated that the child had supplied the drugs. District Attorney Hogan was critical of CASD’s response to this incident. The District Attorney said, “CASD and the CASD Solicitor utterly failed to handle this incident correctly both from a student safety and law enforcement perspective. From a student safety perspective, heroin loose in a grade school is a major emergency. CASD should have immediately called 911 and brought in emergency and police personnel to check on the physical condition of the children and make sure none of the other children had been given heroin. A late and vague notification to parents about a ‘dangerous and illegal’ substance is too little and too late.”

Bilinski-Munion was arrested Sunday after an intensive weekend investigation by the Chester County Detectives.

The school district issued the following statement, reading in part,

“Caln Elementary school administrators contacted the Coatesville area school district police department with minutes of discovering unknown substance within the possession of one of its students, CASD and its police department will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement and county investigators."

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