Berea Man Charged with Public Intoxication, Heroin Possession after Carrying 6 Month Old Along Busy Roadway


The Berea Police Department recently took a local man into custody after they received a report of an allegedly intoxicated man carrying a baby in the area of Forest Street. According to the citation, police located the male matching the description given by the complainant and identified him as Joshua L. Willis of Berea.

Officers report when they arrived they took control of the baby as Willis was allegedly unable to keep his balance. Police determined that he was under the influence in public, and that the baby had clothing that was not suitable for the 48 degree temperature. The citation continues that police provided the child with a coat as it was crying and had a runny nose from the cold weather.

The baby, determined to be six months old, was also in danger according to police as they were in a high traffic area. Police say they observed Willis on his back on the sidewalk holding the infant in the air. Willis was searched and officers report they located suspected heroin. Willis, according to Berea Police, verified later that it was in fact heroin, and he had used it that day. Social Services were contacted and the child was placed with the grandmother who had custody.

Willis was charged with 1st Degree Wanton Endangerment, Possession of Heroin, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance and remains lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.