Child, 11, ingests heroin, suffers heart attack

LAUREL ­— An 11-year-old was hospitalized after unknowingly ingesting heroin received from a school friend earlier in the day, authorities said Friday.

The child went into cardiac arrest Monday night at a home in Millsboro and was transported to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, according to police. The youth’s updated condition was not immediately available Friday.

According to Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl Melissa Jaffe, arriving troopers found several small bags of heroin in the child’s pocket and 30 bags were located. Police were dispatched to the 2700 block of Pot of Gold Circle at approximately 9:12 p.m..

Investigation determined that the juvenile received an unknown substance at Laurel Elementary School. The friend had located an Altoids container in a vehicle when driven to school by his stepmother, and opened it to find a concealed and unknown substance eventually given to victim, police said.

The vehicle was owned by Gilbert M. Dickerson, whose Little Creek Apartments home was subsequently searched by DSP and Laurel Police, Cpl. Jaffe said. Approximately 65 bags of heroin weighing .455 grams were found, authorities said.

Three children ages 13, 12 and 6 were present in the time, police said. No updated status was immediately available Friday.

Mr. Dickerson was taken to Troop 4 and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, first-degree reckless endangering (two counts), and allowing a child to remain in a place with dangerous drug activity (three counts).

Following arraignment at Justice of the Peace Court, Mr. Dickerson was released on $10,500 unsecured bond.

School staff was unaware of the exchange at Laurel ES and administrators cooperated fully with police once notified “and helped ensure that this event was an isolated incident,” Cpl. Jaffe said.

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