Parents of first grader who brought 11 packets of heroin to school arrested

Christopher Troy-Jenkins White, 28, and Marie Hunter, 32, were arrested  Tuesday at their home on the 4200 block of Viola Street.  Credit: PPD.
Christopher Troy-Jenkins White, 28, and Marie Hunter (left), 32, were arrested Tuesday at their home on the 4200 block of Viola Street. Credit: PPD.

The parents of the 6-year-old girl who brought 11 packets of heroin to her first grade class Tuesday were charged with endangering the welfare of their child, police said.

Christopher Troy-Jenkins White, 28, and Marie Hunter, 32, were arrested at their home on the 4200 block of Viola Street. During a search of the home police found 18 packets of marijuana.

The Department of Human Services took custody of the child, police said.

Around noon on Tuesday the class instructor at John Barry Elementary School, at 5900 Race Street in West Philadelphia, noticed the student playing with 10 small packets of heroin, according to police.

After the teacher evacuated the class, 19 of the 20 students were taken by school bus to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for evaluation.

Police said medical staff surmised that the girl, who was complaining of stomach pains, had ripped open a packet with her teeth.

At the hospital the 11th packet was found inside the 6-year-old girl’s pocket.

The rest of the students were evaluated at CHOP and were released to their parents after an evaluation.

The parents were also charged with recklessly endangering another person and narcotics possession.


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