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Nickolaus Robert Hardtke Neace

‘Dad’ injects infant son with meth, parents try to blame babysitters: Police

An Oregon couple is facing charges after their 3-month-old son allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

According to the Herald and News, Nickolaus Robert Hardtke Neace, 24, and Emily Rose McGinnis, 19, were charged after police followed up on a Department of Human Services (DHS) complaint regarding the baby’s wellbeing.

A witness reportedly said they had seen Neace inject the baby with the drug. Police said the child was given a drug test on September 18 and was found to have methamphetamine in his system.

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The parents reportedly told police on October 25 that they used to do meth but stopped after they discovered McGinnis was pregnant. Both parents claimed that their son’s babysitters could’ve had traces of meth while they cared for him, the local paper reported.

Neace reportedly denied he injected the 3-month-old with methamphetamine.

Neace and McGinnis are charged with reckless endangering and endangering the welfare of a minor. Neace was arrested Saturday and has pleaded not guilty while McGinnis was cited and is scheduled to appear in court on December 14.

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The Klamath Falls couple faces up to a year in prison if convicted.

 

[Featured Image: Nickolaus Robert Hardtke Neace/Handout]