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Police seek source of heroin

An investigation into how a 5-year-old boy obtained heroin he shared with other children at a Buffalo day care facility was continuing this weekend, police officials said.

"We're still looking into it. We're trying to track down the source of the heroin," Buffalo Deputy Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said late Saturday.

The heroin found by the boy was described as a "ten pack" and it had smile faces stamped on the packages.

Such markings, according to Derenda, denote a certain brand of heroin. "Some have stars. . . . There's a whole host of symbols. The average person who sees it wouldn't know this."

The state last week closed the day care at 1005 Grant St. for failure to properly handle the emergency, and a family court judge has placed the boy and his siblings in the custody of their maternal grandmother, pending a July 11 hearing. The parents have supervised visitation from 8 a.m. until bedtime.

Narcotics detectives also are continuing to investigate the backgrounds of the parents of the boy. Wayne Clamp, 36, and Kari Lyn Lee, 27, have said they believe their son found the drug while being walked to the day care center Tuesday and that he mistook it for candy.

The Black Rock mother and father have insisted the heroin did not come from their Howell Street home and that they are not drug users.

The boy, his 2-year-old sister, and a 2 1/2 -year-old classmate at the center all tested positive for heroin at Women and Children's Hospital, but the ingestion did not seriously harm them.

Day care officials are appealing the closing of the center, and an administrative hearing is set for June 25.

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