Claremore Daily Progress

December 23, 2012

Unsupervised child found crying in middle of road

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Just before 5:45 p.m. Monday, Rogers County Deputies were dispatched to a Foyil residence in reference to an unsupervised four-year-old crying in the middle of the road.

The reporting person said the issue with the children not being supervised properly is an ongoing problem and that this was the last straw.

Deputies arrived on scene and discovered a four-year-old and an 11-year-old standing in the road. When asked about the whereabouts of her mother, the child said she was at the store.

The little girl advised deputies that when her mom leaves, the four-year-old sneaks out of the house, trying to find her, according to a release by Rogers County Deputy Jerry Smittle.

Authorities followed the girls inside the house and noticed a foul odor in the home as well as plies of dirty clothes, dirty dishes with roaches and dog feces covering the carpet. There were also two more small children in the house under the age of ten.

Deputies reported that the grandmother who lives at the residence refused to talk to authorities and told the 11-year-old to take care of the matter.

DHS Child Welfare and the mother agreed to a safety plan that would release her five children to her sister for the next two days. No further reports have been made at this time.