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Tot wanders street with pot pipe, cigarettes

A barefoot boy holding drug paraphernalia and cigarettes was found on a street in Bethlehem, Pa., authorities say.
/ Source: NBCPhiladelphia.com

A barefoot boy, wet from rain, wandering the streets of Bethlehem, Pa., Saturday morning had a couple surprises in hand, according to court records.

Around 8:45 a.m. Bethlehem Police responded to a call of a toddler wondering in the rain along the 2500 block of West Boulevard, according to authorities.

A neighbor found the 19-month-old wearing a dirty diaper and with a marijuana pipe in one hand and a pack of cigarettes in the other, according to court records.

The neighbor took in the boy, cleaned him up, got him something to eat and called the cops while another woman went door to door trying to find his parents but was unsuccessful, cops said.

Police eventually contacted the boy’s parents, identified as Bryan Schneider, 46, and Katherine Main-Schneider, 32. Police allegedly found another glass marijuana pipe in the couple’s driveway, according to court records.

Schneider said he and his wife were asleep when his son got out, cops said. He was allegedly out partying the night before, police said.

Upon questioning the 46-year-old turned over a bag and a jar containing a small amount of weed, according to court records.

The child was taken into protective custody but was ultimately released to a grandparent. He could eventually wind up back in his parent’s care, police said.

The 19-month-old’s parents were charged with endangering the welfare of a child and drug charges.

The couple is free on $10,000 bail.