Texas man charged after taking toddler on motorcycle ride

(Courtesy: WCMH)

LIBERTY County, Texas (WCMH) — A Texas man photographed with a toddler on a motorcycle is now facing child endangerment charges. That picture went viral and sparked outrage on social media.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says the photo shows Anthony Welsh, 30, riding a motorcycle with an infant child sitting in front of him over the gas tank.

Welsh has a long criminal history with previous arrests on multiple charges, including assault and theft. He surrendered himself earlier this week on a child endangerment charge.

Investigators say he had been hiding out at a friend’s house.

He is now out of jail on a $5,000 bond.

Under Texas law, it’s illegal for children under five to be a passenger on a motorcycle.