A 6-year-old boy clad in a diaper and a T-shirt “was very willing to go with me,” when told he was to be taken into state custody, an Oklahoma City police officer said.
“He ran and got his coat,” officer Jennifer Morris wrote in her account of finding the boy in a filthy house that reeked of burned marijuana.
Police were sent to the house in the 8700 block of Cord Avenue on Monday after a neighbor reported seeing the child walking by himself in the rain. The neighbor said the child was often outside by himself and did not go to school.
The boy's mother told police her son was not allowed to go to school because he was not potty-trained, according to the report. Police withheld the mother's name because she had not been arrested or charged on Wednesday.
Police wrote a ticket for marijuana possession to Kristopher Hauser, 19, who identified himself as the boy's older brother and smelled of burned marijuana when he met Morris in the driveway of the home, the report states.
Public records show the resident of that address as Shandra Hauser, 42.
No one answered the door Wednesday, and no one answered the telephone at the phone number provided by police.
Morris said she and another officer found dried pet urine and feces on the floor, dirty dishes in the sink, trash piled up in the living room and clear plastic baggies with marijuana residue in them on the coffee table.
Police spoke to the boy and noted a possible speech impediment.
The mother first told them the boy goes to school for an hour a day for speech training, but police later learned it had likely been at least a year and a half since he had gone to any school, the report states.
The mother was asked if she could pass a test for marijuana and she said, “probably not.” An officer asked if she would test negative for crack cocaine and she said, “Well, I think so.”
A DHS worker came to the scene and agreed the boy was not safe in that environment and should be removed from the home, police reported.
The mother helped the boy put on his coat but never hugged or kissed him goodbye and said, “see you later” as he went out the door, Morris wrote in her report.
The older brother hugged and kissed the boy before he left and asked if he could visit, police said.
The boy was found lying on a “very dirty” foam mattress, watching television and eating a waffle with syrup, police said.
The mother called it the “trash room” and said he did not sleep there but slept in the master bedroom with her.
Police said the master bedroom was filthy and littered with trash.