A Dallas, Texas, father is behind bars after officers reportedly found his five malnourished children in living in deplorable conditions.
Police responded to a call about a crying baby on June 6. Once they arrived to the home, they were met by an irate John Moton, 33, who yelled, “What do you want?” through the door, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Dallas Morning News.
Though Moton said his five kids were alright, officers turned the doorknob and were immediately taken aback by the filthy apartment which reeked of feces. The 33-year-old allegedly came out and closed the door behind him after being pressed about the state of his home.
The father of five was described as extremely irritated during the entire exchange. Police claimed he refused to identify himself or any of the children. He also went in and out the residence several times. The third time he returned carrying a child, which he refused to put down.
Police also noted that Moton took an “aggressive stance” and clenched his fists. An officer managed to grab his wrist while the other retrieved the child.
Inspecting the living room, cops allegedly found three young children sitting on a couch surrounded by feces. The fifth child was located in a crib wearing a soiled diaper. A pitbull was tied up not far away from the living room couch.
Police said it was difficult to “walk through [the apartment] without vomiting.”
The Dallas apartment was allegedly inundated with flies, gnats, and roaches. Authorities saw blankets that were covered in bugs and rotten food. The residence also had no air conditioning or fresh food, the affidavit said.
Moton’s five children—girls ages 5, 4, and 3 and boys ages 2 and 1—are in the custody of Child Protective Services.
The father is facing a slew of charges, including five counts of abandoning or endangering a child, resisting arrest, and failing to identify as a fugitive. The Morning News reported that he had an outstanding speeding warrant at the time of his arrest.
As of Saturday, Moton was being held in the Dallas County Jail. His bail is set at $9,750.
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