Man arrested on child endangerment and neglect charges

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police have arrested a man after officers found his two children locked inside the basement of a filthy home.

Police received a call Tuesday about children playing in the street off Arkadelphia Road.

The man initially told officers he had no children. Before leaving, officers heard a cry from the basement where they found two children locked inside.

Officers say the house was nasty with trash and dog waste.

"We're trying to determine whether he kept them there or if he was hiding them from the investigators. So were trying to determine that now," says Johnny Williams with the Birmingham Police Department.

The man, who says he is the father, is charged with child endangerment and neglect.
     
The two children are now in DHR custody.