Police say a young, courageous boy was afraid to return home due to his parents’ alleged drug use and turned to his school teachers for help.
He took a bag of meth from home and turned it into his teachers at Edison Elementary School in Kennewick, Washington, telling them the drugs belonged to his parents.
“[It was] very brave, and it had to be extremely hard for him to do that,” said Lt. Aaron Clem with Kennewick Police Dept.
Police said the boy’s actions were a way to ask for help. It led officers to search his home where officers recovered pills and other drug paraphernalia.
“He figured it out that they need help and he brought it to someone he trusts,” said neighbor Ray Chen.
Police arrested the boy’s parents, Jennifer Edwards and Daniel O’Leary, for possession of controlled substances.
Some people in the area were surprised by the incident while others weren’t.
“So yeah, I’m pretty shocked about it,” said another neighbor. “I am very shocked to hear there’s that element is in the neighborhood, and for a child to take that to school is very alarming.”
The boy and his sister were placed with Child Protective Services for their safety.
“Hopefully, this will be the thing that will push the parents to get the help that they need,” Clem said.
Court documents reveal O’Leary admitted the pills belonged to him. Edwards denied having any meth but admitted to using pills while showing signs of opioid abuse.