28-Year-Old Man Charged With Child Neglect
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 28-year-old man was charged with three counts of child neglect after police found him passed out inside a motel room with a baby in a car seat and two other children outside in the parking lot.
A police affidavit said an officer was called to America's Best Value Inn on Rivergate Parkway Saturday for a report of children in the street who were giving passerbys the middle finger.
When the officer attempted to approach the two young children, they went into a second-floor room. The officer went to the room and found the door open. The affidavit said he found a man, later identified as 28-year-old Dustin King, passed out on a couch with a nearly empty bottle of vodka next to him.
The officer's attempts to wake King were unsuccessful, and said he smelled strongly of alcohol. The children then allegedly slammed the door in the officer's face when he left to go call his supervisor and the Department of Children's Services.
While the officer was outside, he said the two children came out of the room, and then began knocking and kicking all of the doors on the second floors
When the officer returned to the room with his supervisor, he found the door still open but King had moved to the bed. King was placed into custody, and told officers he could not take care of his three children.
An 8-month old infant was found in a car seat in the room, and officers said the child's diapers had not been changed in hours. The mother along with DCS was contacted.
King was charged with three counts of child neglect. His bond was set at $7,500.