Dad charged after 9-month-old punctured with hypodermic needle overdoses

- The father of the 9-month-old baby girl discovered with a hypodermic needle sticking out of her leg has been charged.

FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser reports the unnamed 35-year-old man — now identified as Steven Welsh —  was charged overnight with aggravated assault, simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person.

His infant daughter was rushed to the hospital at about 6 p.m. Wednesday after being found in Manayunk, and is in stable condition after what turned out to be an accidental overdose.

Police say the baby was acting strangely in a third-floor bedroom at a home in the 200 block of Green Lane when someone called 911.

Chief Inspector Scott Small said the baby was in bed with the father when the youngster rolled over and was punctured on the leg by the needle.

The unresponsive infant was revived with a dose of Narcan.

A source tells FOX 29 Welsh has admitted to investigators he placed the child on a bed where two syringes were. A syringe with heroin stuck the child in the leg, according to a source.

There was no answer at the side door of the Welch home where childrens' toys and a stroller could be seen.  

Small said the Department of Human Services has been notified.

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