WARSAW — An Elkhart man was arrested for allegedly using drugs at a local park while failing to watch a child he was responsible for.
Tyler Scott Foreman, 31, 2312 Cassopolis St. 28, Elkhart, is charged with neglect of a dependent, a level 6 felony; and resisting law enforcement and possession of a controlled substance, both class A misdemeanors.
On June 14, a Warsaw Police officer responded to the Fribley Field area regarding a report of potential drug use. Upon arrival, officers found Foreman passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle.
According to court documents, Foreman had slurred speech and his eyes were red and glossy, indicating possible intoxication. He said he was at the park with a child and that they were playing. Foreman said the child was old enough to care for themselves. Nobody else at the park aside from Foreman was responsible for the child.
When officers asked him to exit his vehicle, Foreman allegedly refused to do as the officers instructed. Officers had to intervene to remove Foreman from the vehicle. A K9 unit detected illegal drugs inside the vehicle.
While searching the vehicle, officers found a green plant-like substance which was later identified as a synthetic drug. During the search, Foreman began walking away from officers. When one of the officers attempted to stop him, Foreman told the officer not to grab him and balled his hand into a fist. Foreman was then taken into custody. He contacted one of his relatives to come pick up the child.
Officers spoke with the person who reported possible drug use. The person said she was at the park when the child walked up to her and said Foreman was in the bathroom. She noticed that Foreman was in the bathroom for about 10 to 15 minutes, leaving the child unattended during that time. When Foreman exited the bathroom, he could not walk in a straight line and continued to his vehicle. He did not pay any attention to the child and left them completely unattended. The person became concerned for the child’s safety and called 911.
Foreman has already been released on bond in this case.