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dog-crate-dadTULSA, OK — A 48-year old father is facing child neglect charges after police found his 18-month-old daughter locked in a metal dog cage and his naked 4-year old outside in 40 degree weather.

According to police, they found William Todd Lewallen asleep inside his house in a drug or alcohol “induced stupor.”

Officers responding to a neighbor’s call were unable to get Lewallen to answer the door.

But when they looked in the window they say 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.

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.

Lewallen is being held on $50,000 bail.

He is due in court Nov. 19.

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