FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) –A father is facing a neglect of a dependent charge after leaving three kids who were in his care alone while he was allegedly drunk. Police found 28-year-old Stephen Felts’ infant crying on a couch in a Fort Wayne home after a passerby told police she saw two toddlers outside in the cold.
According to an affidavit for probable cause, on November 28, 2013, the passerby called police after seeing the toddlers crying in front of a home. The woman helped the kids out of the cold while waiting for police to arrive.
When officers arrived at the home, they heard a baby crying inside so they entered the home.
Police found the infant crying on a couch. There were no adults in the apartment watching the baby, according to court documents. Officers then called the Department of Child Services to the scene.
About 45 minutes later, Felts entered the home. Police said Felts smelled like alcohol.
Felts told police he left the home to get a cell phone charger next door. He said he didn’t come back to the house because he saw officers there and thought he might get arrested for trespassing.
Police said Felts admitted to drinking earlier that day, but he refused to take any drug or alcohol tests.
The children’s mother told officials she left her kids in Felts’ care while she was at work. She told police Felts was the father of the infant found on the couch.
According to the probable cause, Felts didn’t show up for a police interview scheduled for December 5, 2013.
A neglect of dependent charge was filed against Felts on Monday.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Felts was not listed in the Allen County Jail.