A Casper man is accused of leaving children behind at an apartment, so he could go out and get high.

Twenty year old David Harvey has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges of child endangering and one misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Investigators with the Casper Police Department say on Saturday night, January 2nd, they received a call about a child running down the hallway of an apartment building on 25th Street.

A neighbor said they knew who the child was and where he was staying and heard a baby crying from the apartment.

Upon searching, no adults could be found and law enforcement was contacted.

Police found the mother of the children who said she had left them under Harvey's care and he was living at the apartment.

Harvey eventually arrived on scene and police could detect the odor of marijuana on him as well other marijuana related symptoms.

He said he was sleeping in the apartment and thought the mother was already home, but that later turned out not to be the case and he didn't know what time it was.

He then went to another apartment in the building to smoke marijuana.

While being transported to the Natrona County Detention Center, Harvey stated that he had been "really stupid" and "could not believe that he had left the kids alone so he could go get high."

Prosecutors say he had recently completed a probation term for a marijuana possession charge.

Harvey's bond was set at $1,500.

He is awaiting trial and could face up to one year in jail on each of the child endangering charges, and up to six months in jail on the under the influence of a controlled substance charge, if convicted.