2 men charged after toddler found wandering on road in Richmond

jwarren@herald-leader.comMay 16, 2014 

Two men face multiple charges in Richmond after a small child was found wandering on a city street without supervision, according to police.

The child's father, Steven Welton, 27, of Richmond, and Andrew Romans, 27, of Irvine, were charged Wednesday after a social service worker flagged down an officer on patrol on Woods Trail and reported finding a 1½ -year-old child on the road.

The officer located Welton, and during a search of a home on Woods Trail, they found Romans in a bathroom.

The search also turned up three small packs of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the home, police said.

Marijuana also was found on Romans; several syringes and a handgun were discovered in his vehicle, police said. Romans allegedly tried to discard two plastic bags of meth, seven hydrocodone pills and two morphine pills in the back of a cruiser on the way to jail, police said.

Welton is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Romans is charged with trafficking in marijuana, two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

Both were taken to the Madison County jail.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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