Philipsburg, PA – A man whose 3-year-old child was found wandering outside his home naked in Philipsburg was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

26-year-old Gage McGuire is accused of getting high and passing out when he was supposed to be taking care of the boy on June 20.

When police arrived, the child was already safe in the care of a family friend.

The boy’s grandmother said she went to the house earlier in the day to check on her grandson and found McGuire passed out in the bedroom.

The 3-year-old was found outside of the home, naked and without supervision.

The grandmother tried to wake McGuire but was unsuccessful.

Later, when police arrived, they say McGuire fought with them and seemed to be under the influence of controlled substances.

McGuire faces a felony charges of endangering the welfare of a child, plus a summary charge of disorderly conduct.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and his case will go for further disposition in the court of common pleas.

McGuire was lodged in the Centre County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

 

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We understand that this story and the similar case of the missing 4-year-old boy in Clearfield County have likely made you feel sad or angry. Here’s how you can help.

The 3-year-old boy in this particular story is already in safe care with his family, but there are plenty of children out there who need your help.

In other cases when the child has no safe family to go to, they go into foster care. Consider signing up to be a foster parent to provide them the stability that they need.

Foster parents information and services:

**  Pennsylvania Adoption and Fostering

**  Lifespan Family Services

**  Children’s Aid Society

**  Community Connections of Clearfield/Jefferson Counties

If you cannot be a foster parent, consider these options:

**  Donate to your local foster family or foster group home, such as Pentz Run Youth Services

**  Provide respite care (which is like being a babysitter or emergency contact for a foster family)

**  Become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteer to help speak up for for kids, listen to their situations, help them adjust, go to court meetings, and work in their best interests

**  Become a volunteer with any of the adoption/fostering organizations

**  Become a mentor in a program that works with many children in need, including foster kids, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters in Clearfield County or Jefferson County


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