Police responding to report of baby screaming in car find father unresponsive, with heroin

Photo credit: Forest City Police Department

Forest City authorities arrest and charge a man with heroin possession and child endangerment after responding to reports of a screaming infant in a vehicle.

On Friday, August 17, 2018, just before 8:30 p.m. officers responded to the parking lot at the Forest City Walmart to conduct a welfare check of an infant screaming from a vehicle.

The baby was found in the back seat of a vehicle.The infant's father, Justin Michael Castle, was unresponsive and hunched forward in the passenger seat.

Officers located a syringe in Castle’s lap and another syringe with a brown-colored liquid to in the passenger side door.

Officers determined Castle’s condition to be brought on by an overdose, and administered Naloxone. Castle became conscious after a single dose.

Castle refused additional treatment by EMS and told officers the syringe contained heroin and he had wanted to get high just one more time.

“The details in this incident are very disturbing. Cases such as this demonstrates the extreme dangers someone will put an infant in while in pursuit of their next high. The case is still ongoing and we will be working with Rutherford County DSS and the DA’s office to determine if additional charges are to be filed in this incident," said Forest City Police Chief Jay S. Jackson.

Castle was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and child endangerment and received a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Officers notified Rutherford County DSS of the incident and the case is ongoing.

The infant’s mother was determined to be shopping in Walmart during the incident.

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