A 4-year-old Jamestown boy was hospitalized after he accidentally consumed a mix of heroin and cocaine early Sunday while he walked with his mother's live-in boyfriend and ate mini-chocolate bars from the man's pocket, Jamestown police said.
The boy, whose identity was withheld, was being treated in the intensive care unit of Women and Children's Hospital. Details of his injuries and condition were not released, but police say the boy is expected to survive.
The boyfriend, Raymond M. Medina, 25, of West 14th Street, was charged with reckless endangerment and four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was being held in Jamestown City Jail pending an arraignment.
Police reported that they searched Medina's home after the boy was taken for treatment and found a quantity of heroin and crack cocaine, which they said Medina intended to sell.
Jamestown police Lt. Joseph Conti said Medina and the boy left their home at about 3 a.m. Sunday and walked to Tops Market at Washington and 18th streets, about a half-mile away.
Police said the boy repeatedly reached into Medina's pants pocket for the candy bars as they walked together, inadvertently grabbed a small bag of heroin and cocaine and ate the contents.
At the grocery store, Medina purchased formula and groceries for the boy's 2-month-old twin siblings. He and the boy then walked home along Washington Street. The two were less than halfway home when the boy became ill.
"The victim apparently removed a packet of the heroin-cocaine mixture that the defendant had placed in the same pocket that contained the candy," Conti said.
"We have no way of knowing how much drugs he consumed, just that he did. En route back, the victim got sick. He (Medina) noticed the boy was having difficulty functioning, so he picked him up and carried him. Then the victim lost consciousness and possibly had a seizure," Conti said.
Officers said Medina took the boy home, where a family member called 911 at about 3:25 a.m. Paramedics took the boy to the emergency room of WCA Hospital. He later was transferred to Women and Children's Hospital.
Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies and Town of Ellicott police assisted Jamestown police in searching the home. Inside the upstairs bathroom drawer, police said, they found 90 packets of heroin possibly mixed with cocaine, weighing about 45 grams, and one bag of crack cocaine and several bags of powdered cocaine, weighing about 61 grams.
Police say Medina intended to sell the drugs, which have a street value of about $14,000. Officers also confiscated $2,200 cash from Medina.
"As much as this disturbs me, it disturbs me even more that other kids living in this home had access to even more drugs," Conti said. "It's just sick that he allowed this to happen. It's sheer stupidity."
Living in the home, police said, in addition to the boy, his mother and Medina, are the woman's seven other children, ranging in age from the 2-month-old twins to an 11-year-old. Police declined to release the woman's identity.
The five oldest children -- including the 4-year-old boy -- were fathered by the woman's ex-husband, while Medina is the father of the three youngest children, police said.
Conti said they also recovered evidence on Washington Street, where Medina said the boy lost consciousness and dropped his belongings. Items included groceries and wrappers commonly used to package heroin. Also found was one empty small bag containing cocaine and heroin residue, which is believed to have contained the drugs that the 4-year-old ingested.
"I don't see any reason why he would purposely do this to this child," Conti said. "I can tell you that when I last saw him at 5 a.m. (Sunday), the child was doing well. He was talking and had regained consciousness. Doctors described his recovery as miraculous."
Neighbors said that the family moved into the home about four months ago and that the woman's parents live a few doors away.