Welfare Check finds Toddlers left in care of drunk man; kids were wandering neighborhood

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Police received a report at 7:33 p.m. that two small children believed to be 1 and 2 years-old respectively, were walking down the 200 block of North 10th East in dirty and soiled diapers and that no adult was around.

Responding to the welfare check, officers found an 11-year-old boy with the two small children, who had apparently gotten out of a yard that had a broken down fence and an unlatched gate. The officer confirmed that the little kids were wearing diapers that had not been changed.

The 11 year-old told officers the only adult at the home was his uncle, “who was drunk,” according to a police report. Police found another small child inside the house, also in soiled diapers and the house was reportedly in poor condition, it was hot inside and the house was not clean. The uncle, who was intoxicated according to the police report, said three adults had been at the house when he left to go drinking and when he returned, they were gone.

Officers tried to reach family members of the children, but were unable to reach anyone, so Northern Arapaho Department of Family Services was contacted to care for the children.

According to the police report, while officers were waiting for the DFS to arrive, the mother of the child came home, saying she had been alerted that law enforcement was at her home and that she should hurry back. The mother said she left the children in the care of another man, but she did not know where he went.

When a DFS representative arrived on the scene and told officers that she would take care of the situation, the children were left in her care and police departed the scene.