Police: Man Wanted 14-Year-Old Sister To Try Heroin So She’d Know How Bad It Was
A Pennsylvania man was arrested last week and charged with giving his teenage sister heroin, according to authorities.
Police were called on Jan. 27 to an Edgemont Township high school in Delaware County where they found a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old girl who they say were high on heroin, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports.
An investigation followed the incident which led police to the 14-year-old girl’s brother, Matthew Robbins, 32, who in an interview with investigators, allegedly admitted to being an addict and said “he wanted her to try it so that she knew how bad it was and that she would hopefully stay away from it,” according to the affidavit of probable cause for his arrest.
The two girls reportedly told a staff member that they took heroin given to them by the suspect. A search of the girls’ belongings found no controlled substances.
Both girls were taken for an evaluation at a local hospital, which is where State Trooper Peter A. Strzelecki spoke with the 14-year-old girl and her mother.
The teenager said that Robbins had given her heroin four different times and other controlled substances on 11 occasions for two months, according to MainlineMediaNews.com.
Robbins’ sister also told Strzelecki she and her friend snorted the drugs in a school bathroom and flushed the packaging down the toilet.
The girl’s mother handed the trooper a bag she had found in the suspect’s bedroom. It contained small baggies and a brown substance that later tested positive for heroin.
Police arrested Robbins last week on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors and recklessly endangering another person, according to court records.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for Robbins whose bail is set at 10 percent of $20,000. He remains in Delaware County Prison where he awaits a preliminary hearing next week.