DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police have arrested a man they say was driving while doing heroin with a toddler in the car.
Dayton officers noticed a red Saturn driving erratically in the area of North Monmouth Street.
They tried to stop Blaine Stegman, 26, while doing a routing drive through an area known for drug trafficking.
Stegman was eventually be pulled over near the 2800 block of East Third Street after reportedly trying to stall and hide the drugs, according to officials.
One resident watched as the scene unfold, the total stranger stepped in to watch the little boy.
“It makes me mad. I mean, it’s like what’s this world coming to that they have to go get high with their kids in the car,” thought a teary-eyed Tina Gray.
It’s suspected crack cocaine and heroin were in the car.
Police were also seen pulling syringes and a methadone medication kit from the vehicle.
The boy’s mother was later called to pick him.
2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé tried to ask the woman why the child was left in Stegman’s care, but she declined to comment.
But one mother who witnessed the arrest has her own questions for the mom.
“You’re suppose to have a father figure with you, and a mother. Where’s the mom,”asked Olive Long?
Long says when the man was arrest he look, “Like droopy, like, you know, like he was about to pass out.”
The woman says drugs have taken over her neighborhood.
She’s troubled to now see kids dragged into drug use and overdoses; Long worries for her own children.
“I’m a mother and I don’t want to see them grow up in this neighborhood,” she explained while sobbing. “Because every time you turn around there’s a dead body and my kids are really little.”
But despite this harsh reality, neighbors say Saturday’s police work was a good catch.
“Police are doing their job. It’s getting worse every day with the drugs and the prostitution that’s up and down Third Street, but they’re doing their job to take care of business and I’m glad of that,” Gray told 2 NEWS.
Police say Stegman could face charges of child endangering, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and up to six traffic violations.
Stegman had two warrants for his arrest in Dayton and one warrant in Centerville.