PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WSVN) — Deputies rescued a baby from a man, who they said, was high on Molly, Sunday morning.
According to WFTS, officials said they approached Roger Mumma to make sure everything was OK.
Police said the baby was in Mumma’s arms. They described him as confused, agitated and paranoid.
“There a bunch of cars following me everywhere I go. I don’t know what’s going on,” Mumma said on body camera video from the Sheriff’s Office.
Eventually, the man handed the baby to police, but officials were still on alert. “I was incredibly worried,” said Deputy John Gerardi in an interview. “I didn’t know if he was going to run out into traffic out of paranoia that people were following him or that we were making contact. I didn’t know if he would recognize us as law enforcement.”
The man started to become violent, officials said, that led police to take him down to the ground.
Mumma later admitted he took the drug Molly, which contains MDMA, on Saturday night and once more, hours before police found him on Sunday, according to WFTS.
“Molly lasts a long time. Man, that’s like six hours, so earlier today, that’s this morning. You are probably still feeling it,” an EMT told Mumma on a body camera video.
Molly is a synthetic drug that is dangerous in nature, similar to Ecstasy.
After Mumma’s arrest, police brought the baby a bottle for feeding. “Looking at that infant during the whole confrontation, the only thing I could think of was mine at home. I knew he was safe, but at the same time, this one deserves to be just as safe my own,” Birge said.
The baby is now safe with other family members, deputies said.
According to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Mumma was charged with child neglect and resisting an officer with violence.
It was not reported how Mumma and the baby were related.
To see the body camera footage, click here.
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