A man was charged with felony child neglect after a child in his care was found running outside, away from her home, half naked and with feces on her body.
The man left the children unsupervised while he was in the restroom, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. The report redacted information about how old the children were and how they were related to the defendant.
While the man was in the restroom, two of the children left the home. He found one of them fully nude and walking around, but failed to tell anyone that another child was missing as well. The other child was found 300 yards away by a citizen, walking up and down the street without any pants on and with feces covering her hand and buttocks.
The man told authorities that similar incidents had occurred “half a dozen times” prior and added “they have escaped before and will again.”
Deputies confirmed several calls had been made to the home in the past. During one of the calls, the man was located unconscious while one or more children had escaped from the home.
He was arrested and charged with felony child neglect.