We all know that, sometimes, children can be a handful and that parents simply don’t know what to do in order to discipline them. On the subject of how to make your kids behave, we bring you the case of a 25-year-old man from southern Alabama who was recently arrested for locking up his children inside a trash container. The suspect is being held at an Alabama jail with no bond.
Alabama Man Locks Children in Trash Container
Dothan authorities recently imprisoned 25-year-old Lorenzo McCullough and charged him with child abuse. The man is accused of abandoning his children inside a trash container in order to discipline them. McCullough’s kids were rushed to the hospital where the doctors kept them under observation over the night.
The man’s story began on Sunday morning, shortly after some of his neighbors called the authorities, saying that the man was depressed. Apparently, McCullough told some of his neighbors that he’s been having suicidal thoughts lately, and hinted that he wished to do something about his children, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old.
Alarmed by McCullough’ statements, the authorities went to confront the man. When the officers arrived at the Alabama man’s Dothan home, they couldn’t find any trace of his children. The law enforcement officers asked the individual about the children’s whereabouts, to which the father answered that both were locked up in an enclosed area, commonly used for trash disposal.
Children Were Completely Covered in Ants
According to a Dothan County Police Department spokesperson, the officers found the Alabama man’s kids locked inside a brick enclosure. The kids were uninjured, but they were dirty and covered in ants. Reportedly, the 2-year-old and the 4-year-old must have spent a least a couple of hours in the trash containers.
Although they didn’t appear to be injured, the authorities took them to the local Children’s Hospital for a complete medical examination. As for the Alabama man, according to the authorities, he was taken into custody and charged with child abuse. Pending his trial, the man was transferred to an Alabama prison, where he’s being held on no bond.
McCullough’s children have been kept at the hospital over the night for observation and they will be transported to the man’s next of kin, as soon as the authorities find them. Should the Alabama man be found guilty of child abuse, he might spend at least a couple of years in a federal prison.
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