A 4-year-old boy was reportedly forced to live in a closet in a Houston-area meth house.
He was discovered on Dec. 20, when deputies with Harris County served a search warrant at the residence, KTRK reported.
Authorities believed someone was making and selling methamphetamine from the house.
Police found meth and marijuana inside, and drug paraphernalia in the closet where the boy was, reports the Daily Mail.
Rachel Leal-Hudson, the attorney who was appointed to represent the boy's interests, says tests revealed the boy was exposed to meth, reports KTRK.
"The detail on this case is very awful," Leal-Hudson said. "This is a 4-year-old child who has seen things an adult should not have seen."
Investigators do not yet know how long the child was living at the house. He told investigators he had been locked in the closet, and was "not allowed out of it for hours at a time," according to court testimony.
The boy described the "rats and roaches" that he saw in the closet as "his friends."
He also told authorities that when he tried to escape from the closet, he was forced to sit on top of the refrigerator as punishment, and was afraid that he would fall off.
"He can articulate some things that are really shocking and surprising that tell us he was in there for a quite a length of time," Leal-Hudson said.
The boy's mother, April Burrier, wasn't home when deputies first searched the house. When she arrived home, she was arrested and charged with endangering a child.
She told investigators that someone else was supposed to be taking care of her son, but was too intoxicated to say who that person was or how to get in touch with them, authorities say. On Jan. 2, a judge granted Child Protective Services temporary custody to keep the boy as authorities continue to investigate the case.
The boy's father, Robert Dehart, was in court the same day trying to get back custody of his child, explaining that he'd left his son with Burrier just after Thanksgiving, and was unaware of the condition of the home where his son was living.
"I just want to get him back," Dehart said. "I just want to get him back home."
Dehart has a history of drug convictions, and was required to submit to a drug test before he can be granted custody. He reportedly has so far refused to take a drug test.
Investigators are searching for Daniel Clark Morris III, who is suspected of making and selling the meth from the house where the boy was found.
Sources: KTRK, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Harris County Sheriff's Office via Daily Mail, The Office of Constable Ted Heap, Harris County Constable Pct 5./Facebook via Daily Mail