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2 adults allegedly passed out in hot car from synthetic drugs while infant inside

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Blake Wolz and Kelsie Smith were allegedly found passed out in their car due to a synthetic drug. Their 2-week-old infant was allegedly inside the car. Credit: SLMPD Blake Wolz and Kelsie Smith were allegedly found passed out in their car due to a synthetic drug. Their 2-week-old infant was allegedly inside the car. Credit: SLMPD
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Two parents are facing charges after they were allegedly passed out from a synthetic drug inside a hot car with their 2-week-old infant inside.

Blake Wolz, 20, and Kelsie Smith, 19, are charged with endangering the welfare of a child and possession of up to 35 grams of a cannabinoid.

Police say officers found the two passed out inside a car in the 5400 block of N. Kingshighway on June 17. Inside the car was their 2-week-old child. The front windows were barely cracked open, police say. On June 17, the high temperature was in the 80s.

Court records indicate the baby was born premature.

Some city leaders say synthetic drug use, like K-2 and bath salts are a growing problem throughout the City of St. Louis, especially with teenagers and young adults. Some say they are focused on making synthetic drugs harder to obtain.

Ward 6 Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia said, “They [synthetic drugs] are not regulated at all and so time after time we are experiencing issues like this where something serious happens in respect to health whether it's a seizure or becoming unconscious.”

According to Ingrassia, she says synthetic drugs are hard to regulate because makers are constantly changing the formula.

In the St. Louis area, the loophole allows businesses like some gas stations to more easily sell the drugs without the fear of criminal charges.

“These drugs are being marketed specifically to young people and they don't know any better,” said Ingrassia.

Ingrassia says she is working with the city’s building and zoning department and the city attorney to introduce legislation that would crack down on businesses.

“The idea is for businesses in the City of St. Louis to not be allowed to sell any type of synthetic drug paraphernalia, single serve medicines; things like that,” said Ingrassia.

Ingrassia says she and other city leaders are working to determine if legislation should be pushed at a local or state level.

“We need to act on it and we need to act on it now,” said Ingrassia.

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