West Palm Beach man accused of shielding himself with a child during arrest, police say

Posted at 6:15 PM, Oct 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-14 18:15:52-04

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.