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Cops: Dopey grandma charged after kid pockets heroin

Chester County authorities say the woman's grandson took 9 bags to school.

IT'S A KNOWN fact among kids that grandma never visits you empty-handed: Tykes get showered with candy, money and high-grade narcotics.

Well, that's allegedly the case for one Chester County granny.

Pauline Bilinski-Munion, 56, was charged yesterday with endangering the welfare of children, drug charges and related offenses after her 7-year-old grandson allegedly pocketed her heroin and took it to school, authorities said.

Staff at Caln Elementary School in Thorndale confronted the boy Friday about the drugs after other pupils reported them to a teacher, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said yesterday.

Upon searching the kid, they found nine tiny bags of heroin stamped "Victoria Secret" in his pants pocket. He initially told school police that he found the dope on the street, but later admitted to have brought it in from his home.

Further questioning by police later determined that the boy had found the heroin in the house's laundry room.

"The defendant is lucky that she was not responsible for the death of her own grandson or somebody else's child," Hogan said in a news release.

A subsequent search of the home by police netted more heroin, Hogan said. Bilinski-Munion is a known heroin user, he said, and investigators determined that she had brought the drugs to the house while babysitting her grandson and another child, a 1-year-old, and had "lost track" of the baggies.

During the investigation, Chester County police located another Caln pupil whose parents had caught him with the same type of heroin after school Friday, Hogan said. That youth told his parents that he had gotten the drugs from Bilinski-Munion's grandson.

Bilinski-Munion remained in custody last night in Chester County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail, according to court records.