Police: Toddler chewed on cigar

Published On: Mar 08 2013 05:37:01 PM CST

Roy Thomas Ruiz

PASADENA -

Charges have been filed against Pasadena man whose niece chewed a cigar.

Roy Thomas Ruiz, 22, is charged with endangering a child.

Pasadena police said Ruiz was smoking synthetic marijuana and lost consciousness.

His two nieces, ages 14 and 2 were inside his home at the time, police said.

The children were staying with their uncle for the evening, police said.

While Ruiz was passed out, the 2-year-old grabbed one of his cigars and chewed on it, police said.

Investigators said Ruiz did not voluntarily take the child to a doctor or hospital.

He's in the Harris County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

The case has been turned over to Child Protective Services.

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