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Son, 9, turns over cocaine his dad hid in boy's coat, according to sheriff's office

Boy removed from 'deplorable' conditions in home
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Posted at 12:28 AM, Mar 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-31 00:28:49-04

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio – A Forest Park man is in jail after his  9-year-old son turned over 17 ½ grams of cocaine that his father hid in the boy’s coat, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy had been removed from  “deplorable and hazardous living conditions” at the father’s home in Forest Park and taken to St. Joseph Orphanage in Anderson Township, the sheriff’s office said in a release Friday night.

The boy gave the cocaine, packaged for sale, to orphanage staff.

Kenneth Watson, 41, admitted concealing the drugs in his son’s coat pocket to avoid detection, according to the  sheriff’s office.

Watson is charged with drug trafficking, possession of cocaine and endangering children. He is expected to be arraigned in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court on Saturday.