Police: Dad arrested after toddler found in cage covered in feces

Man faces child neglect charges

TULSA, Okla. -  

An Oklahoma 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. Police later found the man asleep in an apparent drug or alcohol "induced stupor," investigators said.

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. An officer at the scene looked inside the home and saw a child inside of a dog cage.  

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," police 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 children's 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, police said.

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

The father was being held in the Tulsa County jail on $50,000 bond and his court date of Nov. 19, according to online jail records. No attorney was listed for him. He also had no listed telephone number.

 

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