Tulsa Man Accused Of Locking Child In Dog Crate Ordered To Prison
A judge has revoked the suspended sentence of a Tulsa man charged with child neglect after police found his 22-month-old daughter locked in a metal dog cage -- an allegation that violated his probation terms for a prior drug charge.
Prosecutors asked the judge Thursday to revoke William Lewallen's two-year suspended sentence after his arrest on child neglect charges. The judge ordered the man serve two years in prison.
Lewallen was sentenced in August 2012 -- about three months before police found the girl locked in the crate and another child wandering around naked outside in 40-degree weather. A third child was found naked and asleep next to Lewallen.
Court records allege the father admitted taking drugs and drinking beer the day the children were found.
He's pleaded not guilty, but has been ordered to stand trial.
His wife, 27-year-old Erin Lewallen, was also arrested and charged in the incident. Last month, a judge found there was enough evidence for her also to stand trial.