The 17-year-old Shenendehowa Central School District student accused of injecting a 15-year-old classmate with heroin was sent to a rehabilitation facility Friday.
Daniel Lewis was released to the custody of his family following an appearance in Town Court in Clifton Park. Lewis is now expected to participate in a residential treatment program for the next month before coming back to court on Feb. 6.
Lewis is charged with felony injection of a narcotic drug. He’s also charged with possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a hypodermic instrument, all misdemeanors.
County District Attorney James Murphy III said the case against Lewis is complicated. While he still intends to present the case to a grand jury, he said there’s more to the case than simple punishment. “Perhaps there are social issues affecting the defendant,” he said.
School officials were initially told Lewis was involved in a suspicious exchange of pills with another student in the East High School’s locker room. The 15-year-old was questioned by administrators and admitted he had been injected with heroin.
Lewis at first denied having any knowledge of the incident. But when a school official searched his belongings, needles were discovered, along with “a pill cutter, waxy paper in a mint tin, a couple of spoons [and] an empty pill vial with no prescription label,” according to court documents.