Grapevine man exposed baby to bong smoke, police say

A 20-year-old Grapevine man was arrested Monday night at his apartment after a witness told police that the man had inhaled from a bong a few times before placing it on the mouth of his 13-month-old son.

The man was sitting in his bedroom with the child on his lap and the child's mother was nearby, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

The mother was also arrested.

Julio Cesar Garcia, 20, and Brenda Duran, 19, face charges of endangering a child, a state jail felony. Garcia also faces a marijuana possession charge, police reported.

Bail for each was set at $2,000 in the endangerment case and $1,000 for Garcia on the marijuana case.

Monday was Garcia's birthday, records indicate.

A 911 call was received about 10:30 p.m. Monday about drugs in an apartment in the 2000 block of Grayson Drive in Grapevine, police Lt. Todd Dearing said.

A patrol officer saw a bong near an apartment window, according to a police report. The bong was later moved but was found and seized, police said.

A bong is a filtration device usually used to smoke marijuana, authorities said.

"He admitted to smoking marijuana," Dearing said Tuesday. "He wouldn't say anything about the bong and his son."

The witness also told officers that Garcia let the child play with a bowl of marijuana, police reported.

Officers said the child appeared to be in good health. Child Protective Services was contacted.

The toddler was left in the custody of his paternal grandmother, police said.

DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR., 817-390-7763

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