In Houston, a four-year-old boy was discovered in a closet by deputies with the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office on December 20th. The deputies were there to serve a search warrant relating to the production and distribution of meth when they found the child.
The little boy, who was allegedly forced to live in the closet, tested positive for methamphetamine; and drug paraphernalia and pornography were reportedly right outside the closet he was kept in. The child’s mother, April Burrier, was not at home during the raid, but was arrested on two outstanding warrants when she returned home.
“Investigators are not sure how long that little boy was living at the home,” Kevin Quinn of ABC13 reported. “He told investigators he had been locked in this closet, and according to testimony in court was ‘…not allowed out of it for hours at a time.’ He also told investigators ‘…his friends…’ were the ‘…rats and roaches…’ that would visit him.”
“Manufacturing and selling meth from your West Harris County home…illegal,” the Office of Constable Ted Heap. Harris County Constable Pct. 5 said. “Keeping your 4-year-old in the closet of that drug-infested home…even worse. If you do it in Precinct 5, you’ll be hearing from our deputies.”
At this time, the 4-year-old has been placed in temporary foster care, though his father, Robert Dehart, is trying to regain custody. Dehart said he left the child with his mother after Thanksgiving, and had “no idea his son would endure any of this,” and that he just wants to get his son back home.
“The father though has a history of drug convictions and prior contact with CPS. Until today, authorities say he refused to submit to a drug test,” Quinn reported.