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Man on Bath Salts Pleads Guilty to Child Endangerment

Written by Eliza Player on Monday, 02 April 2012. Posted in Bath Salts

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, 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.”

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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