Man on Bath Salts Pleads Guilty to Child Endangerment
An Edwardsville man pleaded guilty on child endangerment charges. Police say he was high on bath salts when he called them to report 90 people living in the walls of his home.
According to GoLackawanna.com, the man and his partner were hallucinating on bath salts when they nearly cut their 5-year-old daughter with knives they were using to stab people they believed were living in the walls of their apartment. The child was not injured, and full custody has been given to the child’s grandmother.
Police reported the couple to be holding knives when they arrived, and they found more knives scattered on the floor. They couple was exhibiting “extremely paranoid behavior,” and each one said the other one was on bath salts.
According to court papers, “They were pulling drywall off the walls and sticking their heads in the walls describing the people they claimed they saw. They were plunging knives into holes in the walls, attempting to stab the people.” The child’s father must undergo mental evaluation and attend drug and alcohol counseling, and his attorney claims he will apply for the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program, a term of house arrest and probation.
The child’s mother had been entered in the county’s drug court program in December, but was removed from the program for failing to appear for court. She will be held in jail “until further order of the court.”