Police rescue 4-year-old locked in his home, alone, outside Iola

ALLEN COUNTY, Kan. (KOAM) -- Law enforcement in Allen County, Kansas rescued a child they say was locked in his room, which had human waste in it.

According to Allen County District Court documents, late Monday afternoon, neighbors heard the 4-year-old child banging on a bedroom window and asking for someone to unlock his door. The child was at his home just outside Iola city limits on the 600 block of S. Ohio Street.

Iola Police Officers went to the address and didn't find any adults home. According to the Sheriff's Office, that's when they quickly made entry and found the child in the bedroom.

Authorities say the room the child was locked in had an overwhelming odor of ammonia. They also saw human waste on the floor.

Officers say the door knob to the child's bedroom had been turned around backwards so it could be locked from the outside, with no way to exit the room or access to any bathroom facilities.

Police identified the child. Deputies were told that the father, a 22-year-old Iola man, was supposed to have temporary care and custody of the child. They found the father at work, just over an hour from Iola. Authorities say they were told he was scheduled to work until midnight.

Deputies spoke with the mother. She claimed a similar situation to this had happened in the past. The Sheriff's Office say it's unknown if that situation was reported to law enforcement.

The father was arrested on suspicion of aggravated endangerment of a child, criminal restraint and causing a child to become a child in need of care.

He was still in jail on a $10,000 bond as of 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning (Nov. 7).

KOAM has reached out to see if official charges have been filed.