A Slatington man is facing child endangerment charges after he allegedly ran from police with a 2-year-old in his arms.
Authorities charged Justin Lee Moss, of West Church Street, with escape, resisting arrest, child endangerment and disorderly conduct following the weekend incident in the borough. District Judge Michael D'Amore arraigned the 26-year-old Saturday night, setting bail at $5,000 with a 10 percent cash option.
A Slatington police officer was conducting an unrelated traffic stop in the 500 block of Main Street about 7:45 p.m. Saturday, when he heard a man shouting and making a threat, according to court records. A witness identified Moss as the man who was yelling, and police were familiar with him from prior interactions.
When police spotted him about five minutes later in the Turkey Hill parking lot, the officer told Moss to stop in order to speak with him about the earlier incident. He allegedly said, “I didn’t do nothing,” and ran away with a 2-year-old child in his arms.
Police chased Moss as he ran through the neighborhood, into a backyard of a home in the 500 block of Main Street and up a set of back stairs, according to records. Moss allegedly ignored orders to stop running along with several orders to put the child down.
He eventually complied, dropping to the ground and crying when told he was under arrest. Police said Moss struggled as they tried to handcuff him.
Moss was released from custody Monday after posting bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Nov. 7.