A Pennsylvania woman is behind bars after reporting her son missing, although the boy was actually in her home, allegedly surrounded by heroin.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that 29-year-old Leslie Brown called police Thursday night and reported her little boy missing from the Family Dollar store in Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar. Responding officers arrived at the store and while looking through security footage, noted that the boy never entered the store with Brown. She walked into the store alone, according to police.
When police searched Brown’s home in Penn Hills, they found the little boy inside the residence alone, allegedly surrounded by numerous bundles of heroin in plain view on a couch.
The boy “was asked if he knew what this stuff [was] which he stated that it was mommy’s medicine, she makes it sometimes,” a responding officer wrote on a complaint.
When the officers confronted Brown, she reportedly admitted to making heroin herself inside her home.
“Brown stated that she actually makes the heroin herself in the residence with certain over the counter products but she did not divulge where she purchases the narcotics to cut the heroin with,” according to the complaint.
“She said she’d manufactured heroin twice. She had recently lost her job and was coping with some things which [led] to her use of heroin and subsequent manufacturing in order to pay bills for the house.”
The boy was removed from the home and placed into his grandparents’ care.
Brown was arrested booked into the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh. She’s charged with manufacture of narcotics, endangering the welfare of children, possession of drugs, and recklessly endangering another person.
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