Police: Man buys heroin with daughter, 7

July 30, 2009 1:01:28 PM PDT
Police in New Castle County, Delaware say they've arrested a man who bought 30 bags of heroin while his seven year old daughter was in the car.It happened around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the McDonald's restaurant on Route 9. Police had been assigned to the area to address quality-of-life issues.

While on patrol, officers say they saw Ronald Messick, 36, buy the heroin in a hand-to-hand drug transaction.

Police followed his vehicle, and when he parked in the fire lane of the Crossroads Shopping Center, officers approached.

After questioning, police say Messick admitted to having heroin on him. That's when police discovered the little girl in his car.

Messick was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to deliver heroin, maintaining a vehicle for keeping a controlled substance, and unlawfully dealing with a child. He has been arraigned and released on $19,500 unsecured bail.

Messick's daughter was turned over to her mother. Police also notified the Delaware Division of Family Services.