A man and woman were arrested after heroin was found inside a baby’s crib in a New Jersey home, according to investigators.
Police say a narcotics investigation led to a search of 23-year-old Antonio Hedgepeth II’s home on the 1700 block of Red Oak Road in Williamstown, New Jersey Friday. While searching through the home as well as a vehicle, police found 29 bags of heroin, 24 prescription pills and drug paraphernalia, including digital scales, 400 new and unused heroin wax folds and $858.00 in US currency, officials said.
Police say they also found drug paraphernalia on the floor of the bedroom where Hedgepeth and Jessica Ayers, 20, slept with an infant child. The drug paraphernalia was easily accessible to any child or infant inside the room and three pink wax folds containing heroin were found in a baby’s crib, according to officials.
Both Hedgepeth and Ayers were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of prescription legend drugs. Hedgepeth was also charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. He was also wanted out of Gloucester County for an alleged violation of probation and had multiple warrants, investigators said.
Hedgepeth was lodged at the Salem County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 full cash bail while Ayers was lodged at the Salem County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. The Division of Child Protection and Permanency was notified and is cooperating with police.