Steven Eliyas, 25, of the 900 block of Church St. in Clyde, was charged with child endangering, heroin drug abuse, permitting drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments, open container and littering.
Michael McDavitt, 25, of the 500 block of N. Washington St. in Castalia, was charged with permitting drug abuse, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension.
Brian Humberger, 32, of the 700 block of E. Third St. in Port Clinton, was charged with heroin drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments and marijuana and open container.
Albert Oeder, 21, of the 1100 block of Willow Ave. in Vickery, was charged with heroin drug abuse, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and open container.
A caller spotted someone tossing beer cans from a Chevy Malibu at about 3 p.m. Feb. 12, and Perkins police quickly located the vehicle parked in the Staples lot, according to a police report. As officers prepared to move in, they noticed four people inside the car passing items around and saw Eliyas toss something out the window. The item was later found to be a used syringe.
When confronted by officers, the group’s driver, McDavitt, admitted his friends were parked in the lot to shoot heroin, the report said. Oeder later admitted they purchased heroin at a Sandusky gas station, then stopped at Walmart to buy a 100-pack of needles.
Wedged in the backseat, between two of the men, was a car seat. Eliyas’ 7-month-old daughter was sitting inside, and when social workers checked on her, they found she had a dirty diaper.
Eliyas told officers her mother was at work in Clyde. The child was handed over to social workers until her mother could pick her up.
Also found in the vehicle: marijuana and various drug paraphernalia items. The men also admitted they’d been drinking beer and throwing cans out the window as they drove, the report said.
Officers arrested all four men and took them to the Erie County jail.