Police: Newborn's dad sells heroin in maternity ward

Police said they seized 34 stamp bags of heroin marked “Final Call” from Cody Hulse, whose baby was born hours before his arrest

By Paul Peirce

GREENSBURG, Pa. —  A traffic stop on North Main Street in Greensburg Thursday led city police to the maternity ward at Excela Health Westmoreland hospital where they arrested a Latrobe man for selling heroin with his newborn in the room.

Cody R. Hulse, 25, was arraigned Friday morning on charges of possession of heroin, possession and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of children.

Hulse's child was born just hours before his arrest Thursday. When officers confronted him in his girlfriend's room, he admitted selling heroin there to people who visited, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Sgt. John Swank.

“This affidavit says you had needles in there, you were selling drugs in there ... all with a newborn baby in the room. This is very disturbing,” District Judge James Albert told the handcuffed and shackled Hulse.

“I have an issue myself with drugs ... heroin. I really didn't want to bring it in,” Hulse said.

Hulse asked Albert to consider that he is a new father and has a full-time job at a local lumber company as the judge contemplated the amount of bond.

When Albert said he was setting bond at $100,000 straight cash, Hulse lowered his head and muttered, “This is ridiculous.”

Swank said he made a traffic stop on North Main Street at 6:51 p.m. and the suspects “had drug paraphernalia in plain view on the front seat.” The officer found several stamp bags of heroin labeled “Final Call” in a cigarette case in the center console.

The suspects, who have not yet been charged, told Swank they had just purchased the heroin in the hospital maternity center from a man named Cody.

Swank and other officers went to the hospital, phoning nurses ahead of time to take the newborn girl from the room before they arrived. Swank said in court documents that he and the other officers went into the room and placed Hulse under arrest.

“Hulse admitted he had heroin in his pocket and had delivered heroin to several persons who had visited the room,” Swank wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

Swank said he seized 34 stamp bags of heroin marked “Final Call” out of a plastic zip bag Hulse was carrying, four empty stamp bags from his wallet and hypodermic needles.

Swank said Hulse's girlfriend, the mother of his child, maintained that she did not know he was selling drugs from the room.

Albert ordered that Hulse be held in the county prison and added a provision that he have no contact with the baby.

Hulse declined comment as he was led out of Albert's office.

Copyright 2017 Tribune-Review 

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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