Father facing charges after baby ingested heroin ordered to remain jailed

Alexander Green and his partner are facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

News 12 Staff

Jan 18, 2023, 10:36 AM

Updated 541 days ago

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The father of a baby who had to be revived after ingesting heroin last month faced a judge on Wednesday.
Alexander Green and his partner are facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
Green, 28, was in court for a pretrial detention hearing. After a back-and-forth between the defense and prosecution, a judge ultimately determined that Green should remain in Monmouth County Jail.
Prosecutors say that this isn’t the first time an incident like this has occurred. They say that about a month before the Dec. 29 incident, the child ingested a substance that put the family on police’s radar.
“He believed his child ingested a tissue that contained some [controlled dangerous substances] that he previously discarded,” said Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Ryan Lavender. “To be raising a child where he is exposed to those kinds of substances could be deadly.”
The biggest charge Green is facing is endangering the welfare of a child. But the other charge focused on during Wednesday’s hearing was the first-degree drug charge with intent to distribute.
Green’s defense explained that police searched a home without probable cause. Police say they found more than 1,000 suspected pills, as well as suspected prescription amphetamines, crystal meth, heroin and more. Green's attorney says that police knew the home they searched wasn't his address but went in anyway.
“They charged somebody they knew didn’t live in the house simply because he’s a prior convicted felon on narcotics,” said attorney Michael McGuire. “The only thing that’s in common is that the mother was there, and the owner of the house was there, not my client. He had absolutely no control over the items.”
Judge Paul Escandon ultimately ruled that the state failed to establish probable cause in the first degree with intent to distribute. But he said that there’s enough reason to keep Green in jail for the time being due to his ongoing criminal history.
“I don’t feel comfortable releasing Mr. Green. I think he still is likely to continue down that path if I release him… I don’t believe the conditions that I could place on him to make sure the needs are met, so he’s going to be detained,” Escandon said.
Green’s next court hearing is expected to be held on Feb. 8.


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