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Police find child with autism padlocked in dirty room in Del City home

Brandy McGrath and Kenneth Garris were both arrested May 9 in Oklahoma City on complaints of child abuse, child neglect and possession of marijuana. (Oklahoma County Jail)

Two people were arrested after Del City police found a child with autism padlocked in a room that was covered with dog urine and feces.

The Del City Police Department reports that on May 9 officers were called to a domestic disturbance in the 3200 block of Neighbors Lane. While investigating the incident, police made contact with 34-year-old Brandy McGrath. McGrath's husband, 34-year-old Kenneth Garris, fled the scene prior to police arrival.

An investigation led police to believe that three children, a 12-year-old with autism, an 11-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl were living at the home. Police learned that the father of two of the children, 35-year-old Steven Hildebrant, was also living at the home. Hildebrant is allegedly an unregistered sex offender and had fled the scene prior to police arriving.

Two bedrooms in the home were found to have padlocks on the doors. In one of the rooms, police found the 12-year-old with autism asleep. The floor of the room was reportedly covered in dog feces and urine and the child had been using the arm of a sofa standing on its end as a pillow to sleep.

The room did have access to a bathroom, but the door was dead-bolted shut. Windows in the room were also screwed shut. Police also found a surveillance system set up to watch the room.

McGrath later allegedly admitted to police that the child would be locked in the room from 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. to prevent them from running away. One of the children told a DHS worker that the 12-year-old would be locked in the room for extended periods of time.

Police observed that the boy had a broken front tooth. He reportedly stated that Garris had punched him in the mouth.

While searching the home, authorities found 60 grams of marijuana. Garris was later found and arrested. He faces complaints of child abuse, child neglect, domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor, possession of marijuana and maintaining a place where CDS is kept. McGrath faces complaints of enabling child abuse, child neglect and possession of marijuana.

Hildebrant has not been located. He is wanted on complaints of failure to register as a sex offender, failure to notify law enforcement of address change and sex offender residing within 2000 feet of a school.

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