JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Before hauling a man off to jail on a charge of felony child endangerment, a Jonesboro police officer had to change a couple of diapers.
According to the initial incident report, around 6 p.m. Wednesday officers were called to an apartment in the 2500-block of Forest Home Road regarding a welfare check.
The caller told dispatch the 4-year-old child claimed the person who was watching him had locked him out of the home.
The caller also said they could hear a baby inside, crying.
When Officers Christopher Jefferson and Bryan Bailey arrived they found the child running around outside the home.
The boy "had a short afro that had been shaved in the middle," Bailey reported. "While being unsupervised, he apparently found a set of clippers and cut his hair."
Bailey and Jefferson then went to the apartment where they reportedly saw through the open door a 3-month-old baby in a car seat on a couch, crying. Another child was asleep on another couch, they stated.
After knocking on the door several times and identifying themselves as police, the two officers entered the home.
They checked the upstairs and downstairs living quarters then found 25-year-old Jeremy Jermaine Young asleep on the floor in a bedroom behind the kitchen, the report said.
Bailey nudged Young's foot to wake him. The officer said Young "seemed surprised" when he awoke then "jumped up quickly and attempted to run through the door."
After the officers took Young into custody, they learned he was wanted on multiple warrants, the report said.
Young reportedly told the officers he had been sitting on the couch with the children when he began to get cold and sleepy.
"He told (the 4-year-old child) to sit on the couch and watch TV while he went in the room where there was a heater and went to sleep," Jefferson said.
Both officers reported the two younger children were both wearing diapers "saturated in feces and urine."
After borrowing a package of wet wipes from a neighbor, Bailey cleaned up the baby and changed its diaper. He then found some baby lotion and rubbed it on the baby to try and cleanse her, then put a set of fresh clothes on the baby, the report said.
Bailey said he "carried her around till she stopped crying and calmed down."
As Bailey was tending to the baby, a neighbor cleaned and changed the 3-year-old child.
Jefferson contacted the Department of Children and Family Services after reportedly finding no food in the home.
The DCFS agent released the children into the care of a family member. The mother told police she could not leave work for fear of being fired.
Jefferson then took Young to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was cited on 14 counts of contempt of court/nonpayment of fines and failure to appear. He was also charged with felony first degree child endangerment. He was left in lieu of a $3,622 cash bond to await a probable cause hearing.