A West Palm Beach man is accused of shielding himself during an arrest with a 5-year-old child and hiding drugs on the child’s body.
On Friday morning, West Palm Beach police executed a search warrant for 30-year-old Frederick James.
Police said that James shielded himself with a 5-year-old boy by wrapping his arms around the child and carrying him against his chest.
The child was released safely, but police said agents discovered packets of fentanyl/heroin inside the child’s shirt and buttocks.
The child was decontaminated in a neighboring apartment's shower immediately and two additional children inside the home were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
James is charged with several drug-related charges. The charges include the sale of narcotics near a church or school, possession, tampering with evidence and child endangerment.