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Police: Dad held baby girl while selling heroin

A Scranton, Pennsylvania, man is facing several charges for allegedly selling heroin to an informant while holding his infant daughter.

Authorities confiscated hundreds of bags of heroin from Eric M. Ward, 33, and Katherine Huanira, 27, on Thursday, according to The Scranton Times-Tribune.

The investigation was carried out by the state police vice unit, borough police, and Lackawanna County drug task force detectives. Part of the investigation entailed a controlled buy at the couple’s home where detectives provided a confidential informant (CI) with $100 in recorded bills and taped an exchange between Ward and the informant.

Dunmore Detective Corey Condrad said that the CI gave him seven glassine bags of heroin and a “twist” of heroin following the deal.

“The CI explained the heroin transaction occurred with Ward in the doorway while he was holding an infant child,” the detective reportedly wrote in an arrest report.

Authorities set up another meeting between the Ward and the CI on the same day, where they arrested Ward after a traffic stop. Officers allegedly recovered 21 bags of heroin, $80, and a smartphone during the stop.

Police found Huanira holding her infant daughter while executing a search warrant at the couple’s home minutes after the traffic stop. Cops reportedly unearthed 251 bags of heroin and a ‘twist’ bag containing approximately two grams of raw heroin in the home. The Times-Tribune also reported that police discovered $430 in a dresser—with a portion of the cash being recorded money from controlled buys.

Ward and Huanira are being held in Lackawanna County Prison on $150,000 and $100,000 bail, respectively. Detective Condrad said the pair is facing several charges, including possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and endangering the welfare of a child.

[Featured Image: Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office]