26-year-old Joseph Wilson from Lower Saucon Township, Pennsylvania is now facing several charges after police found him passed out from alcohol and prescription anti-anxiety medication. He also put the drug in his 2-year-old daughterâ€™s cereal and gave it to her to eat.
The police responded to a call just after 6 p.m. about a baby sitting in a stroller, crying and unattended. When they arrived at Wilsonâ€™s apartment, he was found passed out and under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Wilsonâ€™s friend Ryan Davis had to slap him in the face to wake him up. He admitted to snorting lines of Klonopin with Davis and also admitted that he put the drug in his daughterâ€™s cereal.
The police confiscated the cereal bowl as evidence. They saw drug paraphernalia littered throughout the messy apartment in plain view and within the childâ€™s reach. There were several prescription bottles, a bag of marijuana, and a mostly empty bottle of vodka. Wilsonâ€™s blood alcohol level registered at 0.15. His system had the equivalent of seven or eight shots. Emergency medical services came for the infant and she was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Wilson has been 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.
He was arraigned before on-call District Judge Daniel Corpora who set his bail at $50,000. He did not make bail and was transported to the Northampton County Prison. The judge ordered that if he is released, he must undergo pretrial services.
He will not be allowed to have unsupervised contact with his daughter.