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Tuesday
Nov132012

Small Circle in Hell

A working mother comes home to chaos. 

The father of her children arrested.  Her two children, one in a cage covered in feces and another one half dressed outside in sub 40 degree weather.

I don't have enough facts to form an opinion yet, but to the caregiver who allowed themselves to indulge in mind altering substances to be considered "in a stupor"...buddy I can only hope there is a special circle in Hell with your name on it.

 

Ken Miller, The Associated Press found on RGJ.com:

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa man was arrested after police found his 18-month-old daughter locked in a metal dog cage, his naked 4-year old daughter outside on a cold afternoon and him asleep in a drug or alcohol “induced stupor,” police said Monday.

A neighbor called police after finding the older child outside the family’s home and getting no response when he knocked on the door around 4 p.m. Sunday, as temperatures dropped to the low 40s. Officers’ knocks also went unanswered, “then one of the officers looked inside and saw a small child in a dog cage,” Tulsa police spokesman Officer Leland Ashley said.

After forcing their way inside, police discovered the toddler was covered in feces and that a 3-year-old child was asleep in another room. Their father was found asleep on a bed, “in an alcohol- or narcotics-induced stupor,” Ashley said.

The three children were placed into the custody of the Department of Human Services, and the father was arrested on a child neglect complaint. The Associated Press is not naming the father so to protect the identity of the children, who showed no sign of physical injury, Ashley said.

Their mother had been at work and arrived as officers were preparing to leave the scene. She was not arrested and her name was not released, Ashley said.

“A citizen was concerned, he heard a small child crying outside for about 20 minutes. He went outside to investigate and found the 4-year-old child,” he said. “You have to give credit to that neighbor who acted and did not ignore the situation.”

Messages left for the department and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office went unreturned Monday, a federal holiday.

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