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Screaming Toddler Found Locked in Cage & Dad Arrested

by Ericka Sóuter on November 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

dog cageIn a heartbreaking scene, Tulsa police entered a home to find a naked toddler locked up in a dog crate. The 18-month-old was screaming and covered in feces while the father lay asleep in another room.

They were alerted to the situation when neighbors called 911 after finding another child in the backyard, naked, crying, and shivering in the 40-degree temps. “All I could hear was the baby saying, daddy let me back in. I'm cold, I'm scared. Please let me back in,” the neighbor said. They knocked on the door, but when no one answered, they took the 4-year-old home and alerted the police.

As soon as police stepped into the house, they were reportedly hit with the stench of excrement. After freeing the caged child, they found another one unclothed but asleep in the master bedroom where the father, William Lewallen Sr., was passed out, according to the officers.

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His excuse for not tending to the kids? He told officers he had taken a narcotic pain medication, a muscle relaxer, and anti-seizure med along with a beer and then took a rest. Apparently, nothing roused this dad -- not the screaming toddler caged in the next room, the neighbors knocking, or the cops breaking down the door. God knows what could have happened to those three unattended children. Thank goodness for nosy neighbors, I suppose.

Lewallen was arrested and is being held on $50,000 bond until a November 19 court date and the three children are with the Department of Human Services. If convicted, I hope this man gets a sentence befitting his crime. He treated those poor kids like animals, so let's see how he likes being locked in a cage and ignored.

What do you think would be a fair sentence for this dad?


Image via smiely's photostream/Flickr

Filed Under: child abuse, crime

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  • nothi...
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    nothing127

    November 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    that is horrible a 4 year old locked up in 40 degrees in a cage for dogs 

    this is gonig on in america  the 4 year old alerted the police  erika souter how much time did the dad get in jail 


  • Jenni...
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    Jennifer Ives O'Meara

    November 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Fair Sentence? how about DEATH. thousands are infertile, thousands more awaiting adoptions that take way tooo long, and this piece of shit man & woman (damn right I am going to blame her too) are treating these gifts from god like they were animals. Just kill em, dont bother with "reabilition" or treatment, just kill em, save the tax $, and on to the next ones. I pray those babies are given the opportunity to know what true love in a normal healthy family looks like. 


  • RobJar
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    RobJar

    November 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM
    Does anyone know where the children's mother was? Or is this guy a single dad? A little more information on the household would be interesting.
  • jkm89
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    jkm89

    November 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Jennifer, that's not fair. For all you know, she could be dead. Reserve your judgements until you know all the facts. As for the dad. Eww.  No words.


  • Karla...
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    Karla C. Mulrenan

    November 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM
    Why do humans have children they wont care and love for??? Everytime i hear stories like these my heart aches and I am thankful for my parents and love my son even more. This man shouldnt even be on bail.
  • chech...
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    chechimansmama

    November 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM
    "Nosey neighbors?" These people heard a screaming children and potentially saved the child from hypothermia and the best adjective this Blogger could use is Nosey? Wow.. but thank God these people heard that child and called the authorities I don't even want to imagine what could have happened had these neighbors ignored the cries as most people would have done.
  • tuffy...
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    tuffymama

    November 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM
    I hope to god his nuts fall off so he can't make any more victims. God knows there will always be a bitch stupid enough to have a baby with a POS like this. It chaps my ass that I have friends - GOOD PEOPLE - who can't have kids, but this shitbag has at least three.
  • PRIMA487
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    PRIMA487

    November 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM
    Agree,they were not nosy they were alerted by the wails of a freezing child
  • cmjaz
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    cmjaz

    November 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM
    Nope. Article says mom was at work and that'dad' has had drug issues in the past. Only not so much the 'past' part. Yeah, there are always women who will have children with dirtbags like this. My dad was a drunk and my mom had to work two jobs. My bro and I were only 11 mos apart. My dad passed out on the couch and my 2 year old bro swallowed my moms earrings. My dad DID wake up and rushed him to the hospital. Unfortunately, he left 3 year old me outside in the yard and that's where my mom found me when she got home. She didn't divorce him til I was 11.
  • MamaM...
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    MamaMay007

    November 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    I only have one question: Where are these kids mom(s)?  


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