A photograph of a Texas man holding a toddler on a motorcycle went viral this week. The culprit, 30-year-old Anthony Braddick Welsh, turned himself into police on Thursday. He was charged with endangering a child according to KHOU and was bonded out of jail Thursday night.
Investigators said they received two eyewitness statements that "confirm Anthony Braddick Welsh was seen with his infant son riding on the gas tank area of Welsh’s motorcycle while on a public highway in the area of Tarkington Prairie in mid-Liberty County."
A dad saw Welsh and the toddler leaving a gas station on the motorcycle over the weekend and it made him so angry he took a picture and posted it on Facebook. He was hoping someone would recognize the driver, according to KHOU.
"It appears the motorcyclist was pressing the child between himself and the gas tank to keep it on the bike. That is never a good idea. It's foolish and dangerous," Liberty County Sheriff's Capt. Ken DeFoor told Chron.
Under Texas law, children under 5 are only permitted to ride in a sidecar attached to a motorcycle. They aren’t allowed to ride as a passenger on the bike.
It wasn’t the first arrest of the week for Welsh. He was arrested earlier in the week for a traffic warrant and was released by the time the new charge was filed.