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Man hid drugs in baby's pants: Prosecutors

August 19, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

 A Humboldt Park man was arrested Sunday after police officers watched him run through traffic with his one year old son, and hide a small packet of heroin in his pants pocket, county prosecutors said.

Police were patrolling Humboldt Park when they observed Manuel Cedeno, 35, of the 3600 block of West Grand Avenue, and another man engaging in what appeared to be a drug transaction near 3625 W. Division Stt., according to the police report. Cedeno was carrying his one year-old child in his arms, prosecutors said, when police officers approached the men.

When Cedeno saw the officers approach, the report said, he began to walk away from them quickly, crossing several lanes of oncoming traffic on Division Street in the process. The officers followed Cedeno as his pace quickened, the report said, and as he approached Grand Avenue he broke into a run, again crossing several lanes of traffic and causing cars to swerve to avoid him.

Then officers observed Cedeno tuck a small, yellow item into his son's pants pocket as he ran, the report said. When the officers caught up to him, Cedeno told them that what he purchased on Division Street was a "loosie," a single cigarette, and nothing else, according to the report.

According to the report, Cedeno asked the officers why they were bothering him when other people were "selling drugs right down the street."

The officers arrested Cedeno for child endangerment, then rang the doorbell on his nearby home and returned the baby boy to his mother, who told officers she was not aware of any drug transaction or reckless behavior, the report said. At that time, one officer lifted the boy's shirt up to reveal a small yellow bag with white powder suspected to be heroin poking out from his pocket. The child appeared to be in good health, the report said.

Cedeno was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Monday afternoon and held on $25,000 bond.

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