Police: Dad passed out with crying baby

Police: Dad passed out with crying baby
Douglas County Booking photo of Christopher Seth Houx, 27, of Myrtle Creek.

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- Police in Myrtle Creek say a relative took a baby from an apartment where the infant's father was passed out after being under the influence of narcotics.

Chief Don Brown from the Myrtle Creek Police Department says officers went to an apartment in the 700 block of Johnson Street Saturday afternoon, after a relative reported the incident to police.

Brown says a relative of the infant went to the apartment at about 6:00 am on Saturday to pick the child up, and heard the baby crying inside.

Police say after knocking on the door, the relative had to get the apartment manager to let her in, where she says she found Christopher Seth Houx, 27, breathing but unresponsive on the couch with the baby nearby.

The relative took the baby and police say it was at least two hours before Houx contacted relatives to find out where the child was.

Chief Brown says officers contacted Houx at the apartment around 3:00 pm and found him under the influence of narcotics.

A search of the residence turned up a small amount of meth, police said.

Houx was arrested and charged by police with possession of meth, second degree child neglect, endangering the welfare of a minor and recklessly endangering another person.

Police lodged Houx in the Douglas County Jail, where his bail was set at $68,750.

Chief Brown says the case has been sent to the Department of Human Services and the investigation is continuing.