Shannon C. Ferdig Jr. is being held in the Ada County Jail on felony injury to child and meth possession charges after Boise police say he was found asleep in his running car at a convenience store in the Bench Wednesday afternoon with two small children in the back seat.
Police say when the walked up to the car, they saw five hypodermic needles and a spoon next to Ferdig and a foil bundle in his lap.
It was when Ferdig stood up and got out of the car that police say a package containing a small amount of methamphetamine fell to the ground. Police declared the kids, both under the age of five, to be in imminent danger and placed them in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, according to reports.
Police were sent to a convenience store in the 1500 block of South Orchard Street around 5 p.m. Wednesday after getting a phone call that a man had been parked at a gas pump for about 45 minutes and appeared to be unconscious.
Police reports do not indicate where Ferdig was going or what he was doing before his arrest. The kids did not appear to be physically injured, but police charged Ferdig with the felony because of the drugs in the car, officials said.
Idaho code allows police to charge "any person who, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any child to suffer" or "willfully causes or permits such child to be placed in such situation that its person or health is endangered" with felony injury to child.
The 21-year-old Ferdig Jr. will make his initial court appearance Thursday.
The crime of felony injury to child is punishable by up to 10 years in prison for each charge.