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Police: Man had baby, crack cocaine in stroller near Rock Hill park

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com

ROCK HILL An anonymous tip about a man selling drugs on a Rock Hill street that borders a city park led police to a man who they say kept crack cocaine in a baby stroller while his infant son was in the stroller Monday night, police say.

A police officer patrolling near State Street, which runs into Armory Park, saw Charles Bernard Rhinehart, 38--wanted by York County’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit--standing in front of a house at about 9 p.m., according to a Rock Hill police report.

The officer had also received a tip that Rhinehart was using a baby stroller to store and sell crack cocaine in the neighborhood and also carried a gun, the report states. The officer circled the block and watched Rhinehart push the baby stroller up the street.

The officer arrested Rhinehart and searched his stroller, finding a rock of crack cocaine wrapped in brown paper underneath Rhinehart’s cell phone on the top stroller push bar, the report states. Police also found freshly crushed crack cocaine rocks on the ground where Rhinehart was arrested.

Rhinehart told police he used the cell phone to find numbers in his contact list while selling, the report states. Police also found Rhinehart’s infant son sitting inside the stroller.

The baby was given to his mother, while Rhinehart was taken to jail and charged with possession of crack, the report states. By Tuesday morning, he was still being held at the city jail on a $6,000 bond.

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