Mount Pleasant police say a 10-year-old girl called 9-1-1 after her 34-year-old father overdosed while he was home with her and her 5-month-old brother.
Stephen Taylor, of Mount Pleasant, had his initial appearance on drug charges postponed until Oct. 10 because he refused to leave his cell. He will face charges in Racine County Circuit Court of one felony count of possession of narcotics; two felony counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety; and two felony counts of bail jumping. If convicted, Taylor faces up to 35-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $80,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 to a home in the Lake Park neighborhood for a report of an overdose. When officers and rescue arrived, Taylor’s daughter and his 5-month-old son were home alone with him, and she said he was on the bathroom floor unconscious.
Police say it took two doses of Narcan to revive Taylor and that he had a burned spoon with a cotton ball near him. The cotton ball later tested positive for oxycodone or fentanyl.
The children’s mother arrived and told officers she left the kids with Taylor that afternoon so she could go to work, the complaint reads. When the 10-year-old called her about Taylor’s condition, she advised the girl to call 9-1-1.
Taylor was out of jail on a $250 cash bond from charges filed against him last August for illegally obtaining a prescription. He is back behind bars and is refusing to leave his cell, so his initial appearance was rescheduled for Monday.