Klamath Falls man allegedly injected infant son with meth
KLAMATH, Ore. - —
Nickolaus Neace, 24, was arrested Saturday for allegedly injecting his 3-month-old son with meth.
He was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and recklessly endangering another person, both of which are considered misdemeanors.
Neace pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The case started when a witness told the Department of Human Services that they walked in on Neace when he was injecting his son with what appeared to be meth.
The infant was removed from his parent's care in September after he tested positive for methamphetamine.
Law enforcement says the parents deny doing any meth since they found out that the mother was pregnant. The couple says they do not know how the drug wound up in their child's system.
"They had talked about how it could have possibly been a babysitter, or it could have possibly been someone who used methamphetamine around the child, or they had had it on their skin and touched the child. So it was pretty evident to me that they had done some research," said Klamath Falls Police Captain Rob Dentinger.
This was not Neace's first run-in with the law.
He pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine in September.
In 2015, he was charged with contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor. As a result, he was supposed to register as a sex offender. He failed to do so, adding to the list of charges he was arrested for on Saturday.
The infant's mother, Emily Rose McGinnis, 19, was cited in relation to the case. She is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 14.
The District Attorney's office is prosecuting Neace's case.
If found guilty, he could face up to a year in jail.