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Neighbors Shocked After Father Locks Daughter Outside In The Cold

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When Oklahoma City police arrived at the Will Rogers Court apartments off SW 15th St., they found that 12-year-old girl, her dog and all of her luggage sitting on the porch. When Oklahoma City police arrived at the Will Rogers Court apartments off SW 15th St., they found that 12-year-old girl, her dog and all of her luggage sitting on the porch.
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An Oklahoma City father is in jail, accused of throwing his young daughter out in the cold on Christmas day.

Oklahoma City Police found that girl wearing only a tank top and sweat pants - and the temperature outside was well below freezing. The police report states that girl is only 12 years old and was visiting her father from Texas. As it turns out she was the one who actually called 911 for help. 

When Oklahoma City police arrived at the Will Rogers Court apartments off SW 15th St., they found that 12-year-old girl, her dog and all of her luggage sitting on the porch. All she was wearing was a spaghetti strapped tank top and sweat pants and small blanket her father had tossed out to her in the cold.

The report states the temperature at the time was 29 degrees and the ground was covered in ice.

"I think it's horrible," said Tiffany Aguirre.

12/26/2013 Related Story: Police: OKC Dad Locks Daughter Out In Below-Freezing Temperatures

Aguirre lives in the area where the girl was reportedly found. The young mother just wishes she would have known, and says she would have helped by taking the girl in.

"I just heard a lot of screaming on Christmas Day," said Aguirre.

"That's a major concern, that's a major concern," said Eric Biggers, who also lives in the area.

As a father, Biggers can't believe a parent would ever do something like that to their own child.

"No child, or even an animal, should be treated inhumanly or unjust," said Biggers.

In the end, police arrested 41-year-old Labaren Gerrad Bartholomew, after he initially slammed the door in the officer's face. The report states he tried to make excuses for throwing his daughter out in the cold. But these parents say, there's no excuse in the world that would justify his actions.

"Look after your kids, take care of your kids," said Biggers. "God blessed us with those children for a reason and not just a season."

Police did place the young girl in protective custody until her mother could show up for a show cause hearing. Her father is now facing one count of felony child endangerment. He is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on $10,000 bond.

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