Father Arrested After Allegedly Lacing 2-Year-Old Daughter's Cereal With Drugs

| by Alexander Rubinstein

A man from Lower Saucon Township, Pennsylvania, faces several charges after police officers say they discovered him passed out from alcohol and prescription anti-anxiety medication, which court records say he also gave to his 2-year-old daughter.

Joseph Wilson, 26, is charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child. He also faces three counts of possessing a controlled substance, two counts of marijuana possession, seven counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of reckless endangerment.

Police say that just after 6 p.m. officers were called to Wilson’s apartment over a report of a toddler sitting in a stroller, crying and unattended, reported Lehigh Valley Live.

When they entered, they found Wilson passed out and under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Court records say Wilson’s friend, Ryan Davis, was slapping him in the face to wake him up.

Wilson admitted to snorting lines of Klonopin with Davis, according to the officer’s statement in court records.

Klonopin is a prescription drug used mostly to treat epilepsy and panic disorders. The drug has properties that work to decrease anxiety and mood swings. It also has properties that work as a hypnotic, sedative and muscle relaxant and can cause temporary amnesia. Klonopin is often abused as a recreational drug.

Wilson also admitted to putting the drug in his toddler’s cereal, which she ate. Police confiscated the cereal bowl as evidence.

Police say they saw drug paraphernalia littered throughout the messy apartment. In plain view and within the toddler’s reach, there were reportedly several prescription bottles, a bag of marijuana and a mostly empty bottle of vodka.

Wilson’s blood alcohol level registered at 0.15 after a test, according to police, high enough to cause nausea, vomiting, slurred speech and gross motor impairment. His system had the equivalent of seven or eight drinks.

Police had emergency medical services come for the toddler. She was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

Wilson was arraigned before an on-call District Judge Daniel Corpora, who set his bail at $50,000. Wilson did not make bail and was transported to the Northampton County Prison.

Corpora ordered that Wilson, if released, must undergo pretrial services. He will not be allowed to have unsupervised contact with his daughter.

Sources: Lehigh Valley Live, Wikipedia, About / Photo credit: Lower Saucon Township Police via The Daily Mail