A father of three has been arrested and a court date set for him to face child neglect charges after his 18-month old daughter was found locked in a dog kennel covered in faeces, and his four-year-old son was found naked and screaming in the street.
William Todd Lewallen, 47, was arrested at his Oklahoma home on Sunday after a concerned neighbour phoned the police when he spotted the little boy outside
Bodan Jacobs told radio station KOTV that he heard the boy crying "Daddy, I'm cold and scared; I'm cold, I'm scared daddy," and called the authorities.
Tulsa Police Department's Leland Ashley said his colleagues rescued the boy and then spotted the 18-month-old girl locked in a dog cage in the house. She was naked and covered in faeces.
Having kicked the door down to gain access to the child, the police then found another naked girl - said to be aged three - in a bed with William Todd Lewallen passed out next to her.
The dad reportedly told the police that he had taken medication and had 'laid down to take a rest'. The police found an open beer next to him.
The children were put into the care of the authorities, and their father was arrested for child neglect and put on a $50,00 bond. He will appear in court later in the month.
The police said their mum was not a suspect in the case.
Tulsaworld reports that Lewallen has been cited in eight crime cases in four counties and was on probation until December 2013 after a second-degree burglary conviction. In August, he was given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to intent to manufacture methamphetamine.