Police officer finds toddler in ditch during storm

ANTLERS, OK (CNN) - Authorities in Antlers, Oklahoma are investigating a possible case of child negligence after a two-year-old boy was found in a drainage ditch over the weekend.

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon when Officer Keith Capps was patrolling through the southeast part of town.

Capps said he was checking for storm debris on the roadways, when he noticed what look like a small child on the corner of his eye.

When the officer got out of the car, he found a two-year-old boy in a ditch about two feet from the drainage portion.

Capps immediately contacted paramedics and Child Protective Services to make sure the child is in good health.

The child was taken to Pushmataha Hospital where he was examined and treated.

Paramedics believe the boy is in good health; however, his body was covered in welts.

The child’s mother says that one of their other kids let the toddler out of the home.

She claims she was playing in the water from the storm at the time and that he was only out there for about six minutes.

According to the Tulsa National Weather Service, it had been pouring rain since three in the afternoon with winds gusting up to 15 miles per hour.

Antlers Police is working with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services on the investigation.

Capps was not able to comment on whether or not the boy’s parents were home at the time of the incident.

The officer plans to hand the police report over to the district attorney’s office in the morning for child neglect charges against four adults involved in the case.

A hearing is set for Tuesday afternoon.