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Police: Man faces child endangerment, drug charges after leaving baby out in the cold

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CARRIER MILLS, IL (KFVS) - A Carrier Mills man faces charges for allegedly leaving his seven-month-old son out in the cold over the weekend.

Joseph Leady, 22, was charged with endangering the life or health of a child, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, and was served with an outstanding warrant early Saturday morning.

A neighbor noticed the baby in a car carrier outside an apartment Saturday morning and called police at 1:17 a.m.

An officer found the baby wearing only a onesie type sleeper of thin blue material with not blanket or other coverings.  The baby's cheeks, and lips were a bluish color and very cold to the touch, according to the Carrier Mills Police Department.

The officer put the baby in a warm police cruiser and took it to the hospital.

The baby's mother told police she and the father were separated and left the child with Leady for a weekend visitation.

Police found a cannabis smoking pipe on Leady and drug paraphernalia, a grinder that looked like poker chips, hemostats, a set of scales, and metal pipes in Leady's apartment.

Leady told police he took prescribed sleeping medication the night before and had four shots of Jim Beam whiskey over a span of four hours, according to the Carrier Mills Police Department.

Leady told police he had two blankets on the baby while he was in the carrier, but did not remember anything until he woke up in a strange apartment.

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