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.

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent


FOX 7 News streams at the following times (all times Central):

Monday - Friday

4:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Schedule subject to change in the event of network sports coverage.

We also stream press conferences and other breaking news coverage from time to time. When we are not in a live newscast, you will see replays of the most recent broadcast.

To enter full screen Mode click the button.

For closed captioning, click on the button while in full screen mode.

Desktop/tablet users: To choose the stream's video quality, click on the button (while in full screen mode) and choose from 432p or 270p.

Mobile users:The video quality default is to your phone's settings.

Please allow time for buffering. If the stream stalls, refresh your browser. Thanks for watching

Stories You May Be Interested In - Includes Advertiser Stories