updated 6/15/2007 6:58:42 PM ET 2007-06-15T22:58:42

A 5-year-old New York boy brought small packets of heroin to his day care center and told other children it was candy, police said.

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Six children were rushed by ambulance to a hospital and later released. The boy, his 2-year-old sister and another 2-year-old girl apparently swallowed some of the drug.

None were reported to have been seriously injured in the Tuesday incident, The Buffalo News reported in its Friday editions.

The boy's parents, Wayne Clamp and Kari Lyn Lee, said their son must have found the "10 pack" of heroin as his mother walked him and his two sisters to the YWCA Schoolhouse Commons center. Thinking he had found candy, the boy gave it to his sisters and friends, the parents said.

"It was all wrapped up in waxed paper and they had smile faces stamped on them like these M&Ms," Clamp said, showing a candy bag.

"He didn't think it was something bad," Clamp said. "He said it smelled like bread crumbs."

The couple's children and Lee's 7-year-old son were taken into protective custody and placed with Lee's mother pending a July 11 court date. The parents said neither of them uses drugs and insisted the heroin did not come from their house.

Meanwhile, operations at the day care were suspended by the state Office of Child and Family Services, pending an investigation.

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