Man charged with drug use while caring for kids

While taking care of two children, ages 6 and 13, Willie Garcia, suddenly went unresponsive in his Loyalsock Township apartment at 1545 Northway Road after ingesting an unknown narcotic on Aug. 20, according to state police.

The man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was treated and later discharged.

Garcia now has been charged with endangering the welfare of children, giving a false identification to law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. He remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000.

Police said he was taking care of two children while their mother was out of the country. He also was determined that he was a fugitive “wanted for (possession of) dangerous drugs.