Ill. man accused of leaving baby in cold

Published: 1/12/2010 11:23 AM

CARRIER MILLS -- A southern Illinois man is accused of leaving his infant son outside in sub-freezing temperatures while he fell asleep in his apartment.

The baby survived the ordeal, which Saline County prosecutors are blaming on 22-year-old Joseph Leady of Carrier Mills. Leady is now charged with misdemeanor child endangerment.

Investigators say temperatures were in single digits when the 7-month-old baby was left on a step outside his father's apartment Friday. The child was wearing only a onesy, and his head, face and hands were exposed.

Neighbors heard the baby's cries and called police about 90 minutes after his dad brought him home.

Leady's estranged wife in Carbondale now has custody of the boy.

Leady doesn't have a listed home telephone number. It isn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.