Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dad charged with locking 22-month-old daughter in dog crate to stand trial (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Dad is identified as WILLIAM LEWALLEN. 

Previous news accounts have stated that Daddy had a history of drug abuse (including his own DIY meth lab) and was the "caretaker" (i.e. stay-at-home deadbeat) while Mom worked.

Judge Orders Father Charged With Locking Child In Dog Crate To Stand Trial

Posted: Jan 16, 2013 2:43 PM CST
Updated: Jan 16, 2013 2:43 PM CST

Russell Hulstine,

TULSA, Oklahoma - A Tulsa judge has ordered a 48-year-old father charged with having a child locked outside his house in the cold and another locked in a dog crate inside the house to stand trial.

During a court hearing Wednesday, William Lewallen was bound over. His next court hearing is set for January 22nd.

Lewallen's wife, Erin Lewallen, 27, had her hearing passed until January 30th.

Tulsa Police say officers found a naked 3-year-old boy screaming and crying in the backyard of the Lewallen home.

Inside the home, they heard another child screaming and found a 22-month-old girl, locked inside a dog crate.

They found a third child, naked and asleep in a bed next to William Lewallen.