3 young kids found locked in backyard shed

3 young kids found locked in backyard shed


by Mike Rush / KSDK


Posted on January 6, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Six adults are facing charges after allegedly locking three small children in a cold backyard shed while they partied nearby at their Crawford County, Missouri home.

"Screaming, hollering, you could tell they were partying, you could tell words were slurred," said  neighbor Steve Wade.

He says the commotion comes from the property about a hundred yards or so from his home.

On Tuesday night when he heard noise he had no reason to believe there was trouble.

"It's rather disgusting that I can live that close and not know what's going on back there," said Wade.

What was going on, according to the Crawford County sheriff, six people were partying in one of the sheds on the property while three young kids were locked inside another one.

The children are ages 1, 2 and 4.

Deputies were called to the address for a domestic disturbance.

When they got there they heard the small children yelling and found them in the shed.

The temperature inside was 45 degrees.

The shed, according to the sheriff, looked like a make-shift room with two beds inside.

Barking dogs and a privacy sign kept us from getting too close, so it's not clear if anyone was home Thursday.

"Me personally," said Wade, "I guess if I couldn't take care of my kids any better than that, I'd at least take them to family services and tell them, you know, I don't have the money to keep them warm, put them in foster care or something. It's just ridiculous anybody'd do that."

The six adults each face three child endangerment charges.

One was also charged for having marijuana and another was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting or trying to assault an officer.

The children are staying with relatives.