Roger Mumma, 29, was arrested on June 3 in New Port Richey, Florida, while walking down a highway with an infant (video below). He was allegedly under the influence of the MDMA – the drug better known as Ecstasy.
Reportedly in a paranoid state of mind, Mumma can be seen on police video footage saying that people are following him.
When confronted by police, he was cooperative, handing over the 6-month-old baby with the somewhat philosophical comment: "Here you go, man. It is what it is."
But then, after the child was removed from his arms, Mumma was tackled and thrown to the ground by police, allegedly because he was becoming "agitated and aggressive," the Daily Mail reports.
Mumma allegedly told law enforcement authorities that he was tripping on Ecstasy at the time.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Ecstasy "is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception."
The government agency goes on to explain that the drug "was initially popular in the nightclub scene and at all-night dance parties ('raves'), but the drug now affects a broader range of users who more commonly call the drug Ecstasy or Molly."
The effects of Ecstacy, the NIDA adds, “include euphoria, increased energy, distorted perception, involuntary teeth clenching, dangerously high body temperature, and depression.”
The reportedly Ecstasy-addled Mumma was arrested and charged with child neglect and resisting arrest, the Daily Mail notes.
Fortunately, the infant emerged from the incident unscathed and was taken home to family members, according to the police. Whether or not Mumma is related to the child has not been revealed.