An Oklahoma mother was arrested for child neglect after her 3-year-old son was found wandering alone and covered in feces.
Police in Norman received a report that a toddler was seen crossing the street alone from a Sonic Drive-In to a convenience store, according to KFOR.
"A woman was sitting in the Sonic parking lot, she saw him cross by himself through the Sonic Drive-In and ended up in here, and that's when she flagged me down," an officer told dispatch.
Although the child's mother picked him up, the child was reportedly once again seen alone in the same area later that day. This time, he was allegedly wearing no shoes, pants or underwear and his legs and shirt were covered with feces. Police say he also had many bruises and scratches.
Officers decided to confront the boy's mother, Kimberly Dye, who lives in an apartment complex next to the Sonic.
Dye took several minutes to answer the door, despite the officers' persistent knocking. Once she answered, police asked if she knew her son was missing.
"No," she replied. "He was just in here."
Officers then entered the apartment, where they say they were confronted with an unpleasant scene. Animal and human feces were reportedly found scattered throughout the unit. Police say the kitchen was filled with rotting food, cockroaches and other insects.
"It was a difficult scene for our officers to walk into, so it was very hard for them that a child and another individual were actually living there," said Norman Police Department Public Information Officer Sarah Jensen. "[It was] one of the most horrifying houses that they've walked into."
The child was taken into protective custody and Dye has been charged with child neglect.
A similar story occurred Aug. 17 when a Connecticut mother was arrested for keeping five children in what police say were deplorable conditions.
The Middletown Press reports that police and fire officials came to the mother's residence while responding to an emergency call about an air-conditioner fire. Officers made their way into 27-year-old Chloe Edwards' apartment and found it to be covered in urine, feces, food and cockroach carcasses. They also said they saw a number of exposed electrical sockets and a 3- to 4-foot pile of trash blocking the rear exit.
Five children were also in the apartment, four of whom belonged to Edwards. The fifth was reported missing by her mother weeks earlier.
While waiting for officials from the Department of Children and Families to arrive, two of the children reportedly began eating dry dog food they found on the floor, telling officers that they were hungry. The refrigerator allegedly had next to no edible food.
Edwards was charged with five counts of risk of injury and was placed in custody. Her four children have been taken into care.