Wednesday, September 27, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Emilio Contreras, of Maywood, was arrested and charged on Sept. 25. | Maywood Police Department
The father of a juvenile who brought a sandwich bag filled with a “white powdered substance” to a Maywood school on Sept. 20 has been arrested and charged.
According to a statement released by Maywood police on Sept. 27, the juvenile who brought a bag full of an as yet unknown substance to Garfield Elementary School in Maywood obtained it from his father earlier that day.
“The school informed officers that five juvenile students were complaining of various sicknesses from ingesting the unknown substance,” according to a statement released by the Maywood Police Department on Sept. 27.
“All students were taken to local emergency rooms in the area,” police said. “Maywood police officers conducted a presumptive test of the substance which revealed a positive for an illegal substance which has been sent to the Illinois State Lab for further analysis.”
According to a Sept. 20 statement released by Garfield Principal Marsha Alexander, school officials “contacted medical professionals” as soon as they learned about the incident” and three students “were taken to the hospital and checked out as a precaution.”
At the time the statement was released, Alexander explained that the students “appear to be fine.”
According to a Sept. 20 WGN 9 report, a relative of one of the hospitalized students said that the “children unwittingly consumed what they believed to have been cocaine.”
Relatives told the news outlet that another student at Garfield “allegedly bullied others close to the lunch hour trying to force the kids to ingest what the boy described as cocaine.”
According to Maywood investigators, the juvenile who brought the substance to school told a staff member at the school that he had gotten the substance in question from his father, Emilio Contreras, 37, earlier that morning.
Police arrested Contreras, who lives in Maywood, on Sept. 25. He was charged with five counts of child endangerment, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of verbal assault to a staff member.
Contreras is scheduled to appear in bond court on Friday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m., at the Maybrook Court House in Maywood. VFP
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