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Police: Stoned Michael James asleep when baby died in Allentown

Boyfriend of child's mother taking care of 15-month-old

Man behind bars after baby died

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Police are investigating the death of a 15-month-old boy in Allentown.

Cordero James died Saturday morning at St. Luke's Hospital, the Lehigh County coroner's office said.

Michael James, the boyfriend of the child's mother, was arrested late Friday night on charges of endangering the welfare of children and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court documents. 

James, 36, was taking care of the baby at the time of his death, according to court documents. He told police he was intoxicated on marijuana and fell asleep.

James also admitted to police he had been dealing drugs in and out of the home in front of the baby, police said.

A search of the house turned up a digital scale and numerous plastic baggies, which are known to be used in the distribution of drugs and would be consistent with the packaging of marijuana, police said.

Police would not confirm if Michael James played a role in his child's death.

He is currently being held in Lehigh County Prison on $20,000 bail.

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