A 6-year-old Queens’s boy headed off to school last Friday and took a box out of his backpack to show his teacher. The teacher was not ready for what the young boy showed her, his mother’s heroin and paraphernalia. The mother, 36 year old, Leah Pagano, was called to the school where she was arrested and readily admitted she has a problem. Pagano said, “I cannot believe I did this.”
When Pagano’s son got to Public School 209 in Whitestone that morning, he took a white box out of his book bag and showed it to a teacher’s aide, Grace Molina.
Inside the box, according to court papers, was heroin, glassine envelopes, pills and straws.
Police were called and Pagano was summoned to the school, where she was arrested.
“I am the only one who prepares my son’s school bag and lunch,” Pagano told police, according to the papers. “I use heroin. I do not shoot it, but I snort it. I could not find my box with heroin inside.
“I was not sure if it was in his school bag and went to sleep.”
Pagano was charged with misdemeanor drug possession, endangering the welfare of a child and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 years old.
She was released without bail and could not immediately be reached for comment.