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Father was arrested after son 5 brought heroin to school and says it tastes like he will be Spider-Man



A father in Massachusetts was arrested and charged Friday after his 5-year-old son allegedly brought a bag of heroin to kindergarten and told his teacher that he turns into Spider-Man when he tastes it.

Benny Garcia, 29, pleaded not guilty to charges of drug treatment and reckless endangerment of a child.

  Benny Garcia

The boy displayed a plastic bag stamped with the image of Spider-Man containing a powdery substance, Hampden County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Green said in court, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. The boy told his teacher that he turns into the superhero when he tastes the powder. The boy also allegedly got the bag from the living room of his home.

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Holyoke police were called to the school around 11 am Thursday. The boy was taken to a local hospital and later released. Police contacted the boy's mother, who gave police permission to search her apartment. There they found Garcia sleeping on a bed with other bags of white powder under him. When he was in handcuffs, other bags from his body fell, according to police.

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Court documents stated that police found over 200 bags of heroin and cocaine in Garcia. When officials told Garcia about the situation with his son at school, he reportedly became "very emotional."

The boy and another child from the family were taken into state custody.

Garcia will be held without bail until he heard scheduled for November 20.

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"He loves Spider-Man," Holyoke Police spokesman James Albert said of the boy. “Our officers were totally taken by everything. You don't often handle this. "


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