Posted: Nov 14, 2012 11:55 AM by NBC News
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 11:58 AM
The mother of three children, who were allegedly neglected by their father in what Tulsa police call one of the worse cases of child abuse they have ever seen, is fighting to get them back.
Tulsa police say they found one of the woman's kids, an 18-month-old toddler, locked inside a dog cage in a north Tulsa home on Sunday.
Neighbors Matthew Testerman and Steven Robinson say they heard a sound at the same time Sunday night.
"I heard a child crying out and thought that they were playing," said Robinson.
But the child's cry grew louder. That's when both men knew something was wrong.
The men walked through a wooded area behind Testerman's house.
They say that's when saw a naked 4-year-old boy in the backyard pleading to be let inside the house.
Testerman said he knocked on the door, but no one answered.
"I pulled off my jacket and put it on him," said Testerman.
Police say they found two more kids in the house, including an 18-month-old girl, who they say was locked in a cage.
The children's father, William Lewallen, was arrested and charged with child neglect.
The mother's attorney, Laurie Phillips, says her client is seeking to regain custody of the children, who are in DHS custody.
Phillips said her client has filed for divorce from her husband and the father of her children.
She added her client was not aware of the alleged incident since she was at work at the time police say it happened.
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